Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

The Wedding

Our son was just married several days ago. Many were the family and friends who came to share in the joyous occasion. Regardless of the culture, a wedding is generally a gladsome social event. God Himself performed the first wedding in Eden. Jesus' first miracle benefitted a groom and his bride (see John 2). Throughout the Bible we find the use of wedding language as relating to Jesus and His church. Let us consider one parable of Jesus found in Matthew 22:1-13.

"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. . . But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise." Some of our anticipated guests were not able to come. That was disappointing, but it was not because they "made light of it". How we must disappoint our Lord when His invitations are ignored, but far worse things followed.

"And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless."

Our wedding guests were not provided wedding garments though all were mindful to dress as considered appropriate. In Jesus' parable, the whole wedding picture was symbolic of our union with Christ in a saving relationship. That cannot happen without our acceptance of the offered wedding garment of His righteousness. How sad are the consequences for any who should attempt to enter into God's kingdom on their own merits. "Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Let us join in the declaration of Isaiah 61:10. "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness."






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