Matthew 22:8-10 8 Then he said to his servants, “The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.” 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
The wedding feast was one of the most important festivities of the time. It makes perfect sense Jesus would use the celebration in a parable. To have such an important event rejected so harshly by those invited, would have surely disappointed and even enraged the king. The people hearing this story were able to understand the significance that after this rejection, the king was opening the wedding to anyone that would come.
So, imagine this: You are hanging out with friends or family, nothing much exciting is going on. You might be shopping for food or clothes, killing time in the town square, or you might be wondering where your next meal will come from. You might even be about to commit a crime. Then one of the king’s servants comes up to you and all the other people on the streets and says, “you are all invited to the wedding celebration for the king’s son!” Can you imagine how that would make you feel? The king invited YOU. Not only you, but all around you. The rich, the poor, the beggar, and the thief. No matter where you came from, what your background was or what you looked like, EVERYONE was invited. I imagine this would have been the perfect vision of what God, our King, wants Heaven to look like. I imagine this is what He wants our churches and our communities to be like today.
Father, thank you for loving us, for who we are, who you have created us to be. Thank you for opening the feast to all of us, so we can all have a seat at your table. Help us to continually seek to reach others to bring into your kingdom, to celebrate in the beauty of your salvation.