Matthew 22: 1-14
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
“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.’
“But they payed no attention and went off–one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, “The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find. And 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.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.
“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.
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Jesus continues to teach about the kingdom of heaven to the chief priests and Pharisees in another parable. The invitation to the wedding banquet had been made twice, but they refused to come and now they have mistreated and killed the servants that had been sent to invite them. It is very possibly that the leaders believed Jesus was speaking about their people of Israel and their continued refusal to follow God. One thing for certain is that now with Jesus the Christ everyone is invited to the kingdom of heaven, not only the Jews, but only the ones that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb will be chosen to enter.
Father we accept your invitation to enter the kingdom of heaven by faith in your Son that we may be covered in his righteousness. We know we are naked, filled with sin, without his blood sacrifice to cover our sins. Forgive us from all sin and unrighteousness we ask in Jesus’ name, amen.