Take a little break to think about how disreputable it is to be bounced at an event filled with dignitaries. If I decide to conjure up a picture of your facial expression, I’d assume you have the “shocker” expression. What’s the lot of the wedding crasher? I asked myself as I flipped the pages of the Holy Book.
Let me take you down memory lane. While I was studying last night, I read a flawless tale Jesus shared with his disciples and some knuckleheaded Pharisees, I perceived my spirit man calling my attention back to it: don’t stop here!
A certain King prepared a wedding feast for his son. By way of illustration, visualize how Dangote would prepare for his son’s wedding. The food, canapes, booze and other side attractions. He gave out access cards through his servants expecting a large turnout of guests. Unfortunately, the proposed attendees shunned his invitation. I was amazed when I learnt some of his servants were embarrassed. At this point, I thought: why will they hurt a messenger of good news?
The King expressed his dissatisfaction with their inhumane act and ordered they be killed and destroyed (that’s some “if you can’t attend my party, don’t kill my servants drama”, yeah?) You’d be stunned to find out he sent out another invitation but this time, he requested they invite those on the streets as many as they could find. If you were in that town, you’d feel elated to attend a big man’s event. The hall was decorated with gorgeous looking apparels as everyone strived to look their best except for one individual. The King himself spotted him and challenged his entry into the banquet looking unprepared. Wanna know what happened next? Read Matthew 22:13.
Like I mentioned earlier, out of curiosity and a quest for knowledge, I searched and did a lot of research on the story. Then, I discovered the following:
1. Jesus sent out his invitation to those He found worthy but depravity has eaten up many. Daily, we shun the teachings of God’s servants, live our lives as though we own it and think we can get away with our malfeasances. Matthew 22:5 emphasized they ignored the invitation and went about doing their business. What business if I may ask? Can a man excel without God? Think on these things.
2. Jesus gave others the privilege to benefit from the feast and they trooped in one and all. Since the high and mighty shunned the invitation he reached out to everyone that cared to attend. They knew it was the king’s feast and couldn’t afford to look raggedy, so they prepared their garments and ornaments to look befitting. A nonchalant individual cared less about his appearance (he’s probably the ignorant type). He was identified and cast into outer darkness.
Question: How many times have you ignored God’s beckoning? How intentional is your preparation for the King’s Banquet?
It’s appropriate to conclude that God is ever ready to receive those who will humble themselves and come before the throne of Grace. Don’t be a WEDDING CRASHER!
Read Matthew 22: 1 – 14.