I'm In Day 5
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-5, 8-10 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “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...“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So 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, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Devotional: One of Jesus’ favorite ways of teaching was through parables. He loved to tell stories, and it was quite effective in helping people to understand His purpose on this earth.
This particular parable parallels the reality of Jesus being rejected by His own people, the people of Israel; particularly, the leaders of the people of Israel. Jesus was and is the promised Messiah, and for centuries, His people awaited His coming.
Unfortunately, when He came, He was rejected by His own.
1 John 1:10-13 says, He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
The good news in all this is, because those who had been invited to the wedding banquet didn’t come, that is, they rejected Jesus as the Messiah, you and I have become invited guests into His Kingdom. Ultimately, when we receive Christ as Savior, we will be able to participate in the great wedding feast that awaits us when Jesus returns for His own. (Revelation 19:7-9)
What a grand invitation!
- Jesus sent His servants to invite “anyone you find” to the wedding banquet. Who might He be calling for you to extend that invitation?