“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. (Matthew 22:2-3)
Jesus, who will return again soon, told the parable of a wedding feast recorded in Matthew 22.
The subject of “wedding feast” was not only an important known issue in society but also of great significant to the kingdom of God and the future of the church.
Not just in Jewish society, but across the world since the days of Noah and way before that, “wedding feast” have been a highlighted event of human life journey among various races and ethnic groups.
“Wedding feast” which is expected to be a celebration of marriage is about union and life after that union.
“Union” is an important aspect of the church with regards to our faith in God. The church being a community of believers is noted and taught to be united to Jesus and our life and our future in the kingdom of God with Jesus depended on such union.
Our faith in Jesus and our position in the kingdom of God depended on that unity and that oneness with Jesus.
That “parable of the wedding feast” spoken by Jesus, a subject matter which people could easily identify with, a story which people could have easily imagined the content. But then, Jesus’ parable of that “wedding feast” in Matthew 22 did not have the usual expected happy ending and those who listened went into deep thoughts.
Those who paid attention to what Jesus said noted He was in fact referring to our future in the kingdom of God.
The first noted startling details about that “wedding feast” was the blatant collective rejections of the invited guest. Strange isn’t it?
“Wedding feast” are planned event, scheduled task, people were told in advance, things are prepared, and invited guest looked forward to it.
Even the oxen and fat calves knew their days were numbered. How could the people have missed it?
The second noted startling details about that “wedding feast” were the reasons the invited guests refused to attend.
For all that’s been said and done, apparently they all had one obvious and common reason – “personal”. Everyone had something “personal” to attend to and made the same decision to skip that “wedding feast”.
Now we know why the king was furious. Being invited to a “wedding feast” was to celebrate someone else happiness. Why make a big fuss out of “personal” matters?
In the context of the kingdom of God, we are invited to partake of the will of God, and we are called to be part of the plan and purpose of God.
The kingdom of God is about doing the will of God. Jesus is the main character and we are to follow Him and to be where He is.
Jesus is the example of doing the will of God, as disciples and followers of Jesus we are to follow in His example in doing the will of God.
In the days of Jesus and John the Baptist, there were clear and obvious reasons that those who rejected the will of God they did it in preference for “personal” reasoning.
Those who rejected Jesus were in fact choosing to reject God’s salvation plan through Jesus. They had their own person opinion and choice about how and by what method one could be saved.
Like the invited guest who decided not to attend the “wedding feast” they chose not to partake of the will, the plan and purpose of God through Jesus.
When our human will and desire comes into conflict against the will of God, we need to choose.
37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:37-39)
In Matthew 24, Jesus again mentioned events of marriage and feasting but in the context of missing out the salvation plan of God.
Was Jesus against marriage? No.
Noah was a family man like anyone else, but he gave priority to the will of God above his own preferences. In fact Noah cared for his family much more than the average person.
Noah cared so much for his family that he endured all those years of mockery to prepare the ark. Noah made the decision to build the ark instead of paying attention to his personal home building project.
Likewise Jesus endured all the mockery and ungodly attack, so that He will present the full counsel of God for us to choose.
What Jesus had spoken both in Matthew 22 and Matthew 24 is a reminder for us not to miss out doing the will of God.
What Jesus had spoken in Matthew 22 was a parable. But what Jesus had spoken in Matthew 24 was part of end time prophesies spoken by Jesus Himself.
Consider all the other prophesies spoken by the prophets of old and recorded in the Old Testament, it carried with it sever warning from God. All the more we should pay attention to what Jesus said Himself.
For in these last days, there will be many coming and going, many distractions, and much confusion – so easy for people to forget about the will and purpose of God.
For in these last days, many will easily neglect the will of God, skip their invitation to partake of the plan and purpose of Jesus, and even give up on their fellowship time with Jesus.
What Jesus had spoken in Matthew 24 was something He saw into the future.
Now in our time, this become our future for us who are still waiting for the return of Jesus.
Could Jesus have kept that information to Himself? Was there any good reason to disclose such future event?
Remember our invitation to the wedding feast with Jesus.
Remember our future with Jesus depended upon our daily commitment, union and fellowship with Jesus.
Remember our union with Jesus. Lest we forget.
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