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Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Matthew 22:1-14, Andrew Love, September 24, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • It is a famous parable
  • Slightly different to Luke 14:
    • About a great feast, many are called but make excuses
    • The host instructs that others be invited
    • The host further instructs that others be invited
  • Matt 22:
    • A King giving a feast for his son
    • Similarities with previous chapter (of the parable of the wicked vinedressers)
      • The vinedressers kill the servants and the Son
      • A picture of the Prophets
    • The invitation has gone out but people spitefully treat those who bring the invitation
      • The King is furious
    • A twist in the story - someone without their wedding garment
      • The man is speechless (v12) and is thrown out (v13)
  • It is a metaphor of those who will be in the Kingdom, a picture of the message of Salvation
    • It speaks about the rejection of this wonderful invitation
    • The burning question: will you be there, have you accepted the invitation?
    • The Jews understood what Jesus was saying
  • This is Jesus' last week:
    • "All things are ready" (v4) - He is going to the cross
    • Have you come?
    • For the Jews it was too simple and they rejected the Messiah
  • Overview:
    • Glorious Invitation (v1-4)
    • Terrible Refusal (v5-8)
    • Others are Invited (v9-10)
    • Will you be there? (v11-14)

Glorious Invitation (v1-4)

  • What is your view of Christianity?
    • Do you liken it to something deeply satisfying like a feast?
    • Do you think it is about coming to church?
    • Are you living for Christ?
  • Are you living the abundant life Christ brings?
    • Isa 55:1
      • Are you longing to know purpose in your life?
      • Come and delight your soul in abundance
    • Isa 25:6
      • In Christ you will be utterly and totally satisfied
  • Think of the world in which we live?
    • Do you feel the weight of sin?
    • Christ has come as a doctor to our soul
    • Christ has come to set you free
    • Christ has come to bring the comfort of sins forgiven
    • Christ came to bring the oil of joy
  • v1-4 (feasting)
    • A fatted calf and a great feast: the prodigal son
      • Do you see the pleasure of God rescuing sinners?
      • Do you see the gloriousness of God's invitation?
    • The Jews enjoyed feasting
    • This is a Royal Wedding banquet, for the prince
      • What a terrible thing to reject this royal invitation
  • The broken cisterns - if we have lost our joy, let us find it in Christ

Terrible Refusal (v5-8)

  • It is a terrible spite to refuse a Royal invitation
    • "They were not willing to come" (v3)
    • The Jews rejected Jesus
    • Matt 23:37 - does this describe you?
  • See how gracious the King is
    • He sends another invitation (v4)
      • In some ways speaking of the ministry of John the Baptist
  • They made light of the invitation (v5)
    • Is this not typical of many of the world?
    • Is this not a picture of those that are utterly indifferent?
    • People are more interested in their own lives
    • The parable of the two sons: the Jews say 'yes we'll follow God', but they don't
  • They spitefully treated the servants (v6)
    • Matt 23:34 - the Jews killed the prophets
    • Religion can be a terrible thing
    • People are religious but do not have God or Christ in their lives
  • In your heart of hearts, how do you view God?
    • Do you despise the message?

Others are Invited (v9-10)

  • Some reject, but God has a people
    • They will come
    • We are called to go out into the world
    • A picture of the gospel going out to the Jews
  • The King destroys the murderers and burns up the city (v7)
    • Is this not a picture of Titus burning the city and massacring the Jews
  • The servants invited those both good and bad (v10)
    • Speaking of humans - 'good' and 'bad', e.g. Nicodemus and Zacchaeus
    • The gospel goes out to everyone
  • There will be many in the House of God
    • God is still inviting and His house will be full
    • Example
    • Heaven will be full of those that love God

Will you be there? (v11-14)

  • The unexpected twist in the story
    • Not just that the gospel goes out to all
    • Someone without their wedding garment
  • The friend was bound and carried away
    • Invited to a Royal wedding and this man showed great disrespect by not turning up in wedding clothes
  • The robe is a picture:
    • Isa 61:10
      • In order to come to God we must have the robe of Christ's righteousness
    • Rev 19:7-8
      • In one sense, this robe will be visible (God will certainly see it)
      • In this life this robe will shine through the acts we do
    • Example of door to door visiting - 'as long as I am good'
      • This is not the robe we need
      • We have no goodness or righteousness
      • We do not realise that we are sinners
  • "Many are called, but few are chosen" (v14)
    • The Gospel call goes out
    • If you reject you will find yourself in hell
    • God cannot be blamed - look at His wonderful invitation

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Matthew 22:1-14

1And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4Again, 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. 5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10So 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. 11And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13Then 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. 14For many are called, but few are chosen. (KJV)

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