King James Version (KJV)
“22 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 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.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 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.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
I can still remember the first time I heard this story. I wondered why this poor guy who apparently didn’t have proper clothes was being thrown out. Afterall, I thought, they invited anyone who would come to partake of the feast once the original invitees rejected the invitation.
Ah, but the tradition at that place and time was for the guests to be given proper robes to wear and thus these who were at the feast were truly, in some cases to be sure and likely many cases, enjoying a feast as they never had before and with those robes on, it was rather a level playing field, was it not?
In public school I sometimes felt out-of-place if my family couldn’t afford to provide fancy designer jeans for me to wear but only “no name” jeans which were just as functional but not as “trendy” and popular. When I went to a Christian school with uniforms, none of us stood out as the “different” one for our attire.
So, what does all this tell us about Jesus? What’s up with this ousted wedding guest? Clearly, he rejected the provided robe and insulted his host greatly, thus he was evicted from the feast. Jesus came to us in human form in such amazing love for us. We are flawed yet He suffered our punishment. We are wrapped in His love and our troubles are His troubles. Our flaws and faults and weakness mean nothing when we invite Him as our personal Lord and Savior. We are robed and reflect His love and all the rest is gone away. Our sins forgiven and eternal life won for us. We simply choose to be robed in Him and He takes on all the rest. He, in fact, already have given us this gift. We simply must accept it.
Are you going to the wedding feast? Don’t worry about your faded slacks, your patched and worn cotton dress. Your robe is waiting.