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Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Stranger at the Wedding

May 7

(Matthew 22:1-14 NIV) ""Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: {2} "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. {3} He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. {4} "Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.' {5} "But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business. {6} The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. {7} The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. {8} "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. {9} Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' {10} So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. {11} "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. {12} 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless. {13} "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' {14} "For many are invited, but few are chosen.""

(Galatians 3:27 NIV) "for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."

(Revelation 19:9 NIV) "Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God.""

God invites everyone to his Son’s wedding, but many make excuses and refuse the invitation. For those who do come, there is a strict dress code -- we must be “clothed in Christ”. The Lord continues to invite people to this divine event right up until the day it begins. But once the wedding commences, the doors will be shut, and only those who have accepted God’s invitation, and who are properly dressed for the occasion, will be allowed to remain. It is sobering that God would allow some to choose an eternity without Him. But even more amazing is that the Lord would invite us to come in the first place. Who are we, that God would want us at his Son’s wedding? We were beggars on the street when our invitation arrived. It is by grace that we were invited. It is a gift from God. Accept the Lord’s invitation! Thank Him, and get dressed for the wedding. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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