Matthew 22:1-14 (ESV) And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants[a] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Everyone is invited-go out to the highways and byways, find them all, anyone who will come. It doesn’t matter, anyone is invited. It was a grand party!!!
Church should be a grand party! Don’t pick and choose who to invite…everyone is invited, The gospel is preached, believers are edified and most importantly, God is worshiped.
In the parable, why was the dude tossed out? Because He didn’t honor the Son! He didn’t honor the King’s Son…He didn’t put on the garment that showed his response to the Son, his honor of the Son. We are all invited, but we must honor the Son, no disrespect. He didn’t honor Jesus. He refused Him. When we are invited to a party with royalty, we need to prepare ourselves to treat the Royal One with respect and honor.
Jesus is the only way to Heaven(John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Jesus is the only one that would and the only one that could. Rise up and follow Him you should, get up and do His good!!
There are two kinds of people-those who would and those who don’t. Which one are you?
When you are part of a winning team what do you get! When you win the championship what does the team get? A trophy! An award! A gold medal!
After responding to the Royal One, we are to identify with Him, take the King’s commands and obey them. In Acts 2:38 the Apostle Peter instructed those gathered around at Pentecost hearing them speaking in languages proclaiming the good news of God, “Repent, turn from it! Be baptized!”
Peter was saying, turn away from your sin and wrongdoing, and follow the Lord’s command to be water baptized. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 28:18-20 that they were to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything He has commanded.
Baptism is one of the first commands we should obey.
What does water baptism symbolize? One of the things it symbolizes is that we are dying to our sin and rising the new life.
After water baptism we must walk in step with Him, knowing the past is dead and we have more future in Christ! We clothe ourselves with Christ and celebrate at the King’s feast!
Galatians 3:26-27 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Water baptism, the decision for immersion, is an act of obedience because some of Jesus’ last words before He ascended into Heaven was for His followers to make disciples of all nations, baptizing the children of God and teach them to obey Him(Matthew 28:18-20).
Baptism is for believers, it is a conscious choice one makes, in obedience, showing their friends and family that they are turning away from their sin and wrongdoing and making a lifelong commitment. If you have not followed in obedience through water baptism, take this time and say, “I choose to follow Jesus and be baptized!” Then connect with your local church and tell them of your choice to obey and walk through the instructions they have for you to be water baptized, your decision for immersion.