Jesus spoke this parable: “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 paid 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.’ 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. (Matthew 22)
A wedding is a joyful time where everyone happily celebrates. However, all the invited guests decline the invitation. They wanted no part of the wedding. Here are the rich, the powerful, the influential, the choice upper crust and they don’t want to go to the wedding.
In 1947 there was a wedding in Akron, Ohio, of Martha Firestone, daughter of Harvey Firestone’s (of the Firestone Tires fame) to William Ford, Edsel Ford’s son, and grandson of Henry Ford. The groom’s party drove from Detroit in new Lincolns, which were duly parked in the Firestone executive garage. Mr. Firestone noticed that the Lincolns were mounted with Goodyear tires. Would Mr. Firestone like to kid Mr. Ford about this? “No?” said Harvey, Jr. with a big grin. “Say nothing to Mr. Ford. Just jack up all the Lincolns, take off the Goodyears, and put on ours!”
“I’m not going to have a daughter of mine married on Goodyear tires.”
The King said to the servant, “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”
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. Those less expected to be guests of the King, turn out to be the honored guests. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
Our struggle is how to respond to the love of God. We know that God loves us and that He has invited us to His house. JOH 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
CHRISTIANITY IS A LOVE RELATIONSHIP! A young woman in England many years ago always wore a golden locket that she would not allow anyone to open or look into, and everyone thought there must be some romance connected with that locket and that in that locket must be the picture of the one she loved. The young woman died at an early age, and after her death the locket was opened; everyone wondering whose face would they find within. And in the locket was found simply a little slip of paper with these words written upon it, “Whom having not seen, I love.” Her Lord Jesus was the only lover she knew and the only lover she longed for.
When He (bridegroom) comes we give Him our hearts. (John 21:15-17) Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
JOH 14:24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.