“Everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.” Matthew 22:4
The beautiful word “Come” fills Scripture. Come for cleansing. Come for refreshment. Come for rest. In Matthew 22 our attention is directed ahead to the heavenly invitation: Come for the banquet.
In the parable a king prepares a banquet for his son. His servants invite many to come, but they refuse. He tells his servants to invite the guests again with the news that the oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and “everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.” They pay no attention but work in the fields and tend to business. Swift judgment came upon these ungrateful guests who had mistreated his servants. Now he sends servants into the streets and gathers all they can find to the banquet. The king then provides wedding garments for these new guests.
Our King invites us to the heavenly banquet. All things are ready. His Son Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, attends as guest of honor. We do not deserve to attend because of our sin. But the King searches in the streets and alleys: “Everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.” He then furnishes us with the wedding garment of Christ’s righteousness, so that we are worthy to enter the banquet hall. Accepting the invitation by God’s grace, we also extend the invitation to others as long as we live: Come to the banquet!
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for your invitation to the heavenly banquet prepared for me through the crucifixion and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to extend this invitation to others. Amen.
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