The Invitation to the Wedding Feast

Matthew 22

In our modern ways of thinking we’d like to pretend that our choices and actions don’t matter all that much, but this parable shows that simply isn’t true.

In the parable, Jesus tells of a king who prepares a great marriage feast for his son. None of the first round of invitees is willing to come, and a second group is invited. While everyone who comes is sitting at the tables enjoying the occasion, one man is singled out for attention because he does not have on the right garments.

Why is the matter of proper dress at a wedding so important?
It’s important because the man was making a statement against what the marriage feast represented. His presence was an intolerable offense.

A calling to salvation
God’s calling or invitation is not a light matter. The calling to salvation, pictured here by the glory of a marriage feast, is a beautiful, precious and once-in-a-lifetime matter.
It’s why the garment, or lack of one, was such an issue for the king.

Many are called, but few are chosen
The parable concludes with a statement from Christ that “many are called, but few are chosen”
(Matthew 22:14).

The word “chosen” here applies to those who not only receive a call, but willingly choose to come, being sure they are dressed with the right garment, and remain committed to the Kingdom of God. To them the Kingdom means everything.
They are willing pay any price, make any sacrifice, and remain committed for life to God and His values.

This parable is a wakeup call for all of us to make sure we wear the right garments of godly righteousness!

Lessons in What NOT To Do”
Matthew 23:1-12

No one stooped down as low, in humble service, as our Savior did. “[T]aking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men”, He “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross”
(Philippians 2:7-8).
And no one is exalted higher than He.

That’s the path of “greatness” in our Lord’s kingdom—humble service in His name. But the danger of mere outward religious performance is that it can delude us into thinking that we have elevated ourselves into “greatness” in God’s sight. And Jesus goes on to warn that “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted”.

If we would be truly “great”, we would have to take a course of action that is quite a bit different from that of the scribes and Pharisees. As the apostle James exhorts;

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep!
Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up
(James 4:7-10).

The Certain End of an Uncertain Culture
Matthew 24
Our culture is fascinated with the end times.
If we love Him, we will love His return.
As Titus 2:13 says, “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.”

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ could return at any given moment, what is it you are doing in your life to make a difference till He comes?
Are you living with expectancy?
Are you prepared?
What kind of steward are you?
When Jesus returns and calls you to give an account for all He has entrusted to you, what will you tell Him?

How have you used your time?
How have you used your talents?
How have you used your treasures?
What about your children, your spouse, your house, your car, your vacations?

Have you used them for His glory or for your own pleasure?

Instead of getting caught up in the things of this world, we are to be busy about the work of the kingdom of God. It is easy to get discouraged and like so many Christians from days gone by to begin to think that Jesus is not going to return, of at least not any time soon.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:44 that He will return when you do not think He will. We must be faithful to continue on with the work of His kingdom, in spite of our temptation to give up or to give in. When He returns may He find us busy, faithfully about His work.

The old spiritual says, “are you ready, are you ready, are you ready for the coming of the Lord?”

What about you friend, are you ready?
Have you ever given your life to Christ?
Are you living your life for Christ?
What difference will your life make in eternity?
What are you willing to do to change that?

✍️🌼Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🌼✍️

What we think of Christ?
The great test of our soul’s health is” what we think of Christ”
He is fairer than the children of men,” The chief among ten thousand ” –” Altogether lovely”
If we are neglectful of His laws, then we know that our soul is sick.
How can we honour Jesus ?
Our daily desire should be , ” O that I know where I might find Him”.
We are safe by Him.
Our great esteem is Jesus.
Though Lazarus on the dunghill and dogs licked him, but God didn’t judge him in his poverty.
God is our glorious high throne in our heart,
Christ is great to us and we shall be with Him forever.
“Though all the world my choice deride, yet Jesus shall be my portion.”
He is the fairest of the fair.
Maby Sundar India group no.7070.

Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
These are the greatest commandments according to Jesus Christ.
Our relationship with God and our relationship with other people is very important. One naturally flows out of the other. If we don’t have a right relationship with God, our relationship with our neighbours will not be right too. We will never love our neighbours as ourselves if we do not love God with all our heart, mind and soul.
What God expects is our love for Him and our love for each other.
By saying neighbours, Jesus meant the entire mankind. Let’s not close our hearts to those who are in need. Let’s share the blessings we receive from God to those who are in need for it.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Licy John, Hyderabad – 7067

Matthew 22 – Parable of the Marriage Feast

💞 God had created man 👱‍♂️ to be with Him for all Eternity. But when man disobeyed God’s Command and sinned, the relationship between God and men was broken. The 🚪 door of Heaven was closed and eternal life with God was lost. But God in His great love and mercy chose to mend the broken relationship between 👨 man and Him.

💞God sent His Only Begotten Son , Jesus into the world to take away the sin of mankind (world) by His sufferings and death on the cross ✝️,which opened for us the 🚪 door to Heaven and also restored our broken relationship with God forever. God has called all 👬 men to be with Him eternally irrespective of who they are – that is, Jews or Gentiles or Christians etc..

✝️ God has called us to believe in His Son, Jesus and in His Salvation. In this parable, the Wedding Feast is the call to God’s Kingdom and we are invited to be God’s guests and Jesus is the King and Saviour of us all. Our acceptance of God’s Salvation and His righteousness is our ‘ wedding *garment ‘.We have to live each day in Faith and in the Grace of God ( repent for all our sins and accept God’s love and forgiveness and mercy) so that we are clothed with the garments God has given us to be with Him forever.
6975 – Patsy Fernandes