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Parable of the Wedding Banquet

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


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • 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


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