Summary: Is it difficult to enter the kingdom? This section of scripture explains it is more a problem of us refusing the invitation
Matthew 22:1-14 ¡V The Right Label
Want to read you a verse to you over in Matt 22:14
„X Matt 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."
„X What impact does this verse have on you?
„X Does it make you feel apprehensive about your calling?
„X Does it make you worry about your salvation?
„X Does it make you feel unworthy?
„X Well let¡¦s go through this section of scripture and see if there is need for us to be apprehensive about our ¡§making it¡¨
1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
„X Can¡¦t help but get the impression from God¡¦s word that He likes to party
„X In OT has its annual feasts
„X The Lord¡¦s Supper is the NC way of celebrating Christ¡¦s saving work in our lives
„X Here we see the mother of all feasts ¡V the marriage supper of the Lamb
3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
„X Here we see the second of three attempts to get those who had been invited by the king to a banquet for His Son
„X Who was Jesus talking saying had received invitations? Israel
„X Matt 21:43: "Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it."
„X Here is Jesus¡¦ announcement to the Pharisees that they were going to lose their privileged position as God¡¦s special nation and that the gospel was thereafter to go out to the gentiles
4"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.’
„X Third invitation
„X This is going to be a major event, you won¡¦t want to miss it
„X Can you imagine someone who had an invitation not showing up to the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana
„X yet this was an even bigger event
5"But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business
„X It¡¦s a matter of priorities ¡V did not appreciate what was important in the bigger scheme of things
„X Ever been stood up after doing a lot of preparation for a meal or a party?
„X Get a bit of an idea how God feels when someone rejects his invitation to join his party
„X But it gets worse
6The rest seized his servants mistreated them and killed them.
„X Not only did they ignore the invitation, they mistreated the servants sent to invite them
„X So you get an indication of why the king responded the way he did
„X Here is another big clue to whom he was speaking
„X Jesus listeners must have stood there dumbfounded at the thought someone would treat an invitation from the king this way
„X Yet they were the very people he was speaking to
7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
„X There is a time when the patience of God does run out, but not before he has given adequate warning of the consequences
„X This happened to Jerusalem in 70 AD under Titus
8"Then he said to his servants, ’The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’
„X ¡§did not deserve to come¡¨ now there is a scary statement
„X put yourself in the Kings shoes for a moment
„X The banquet is all prepared, food, drink, servants, entertainment, what do you do, waste all the food and preparation time?
„X No, you have a party
„X A number of years ago, a NY celebrity, Nicole Contos was scheduled to be married in a Manhattan church
„X She showed up, 250 invited guests showed up, but the groom didn¡¦t
„X He took off for Tahiti where they had planned their honeymoon without her
„X So there she was with a $100,000 reception and no wedding. What did she do? She did the only thing she could do. She said, ¡§The food is ready, the drink is ready. We¡¦re gonna have a party. And she did.¡¨
„X This is what the king decides to do here
„X But God did not just drop the Jews after one bad experience
„X This had been going on for centuries, with Moses, the prophets, John the Baptist, and now even Jesus himself for three and a half years
„X The people who for years claimed to want to be part of God¡¦s kingdom didn¡¦t recognize it when it was set before them on a silver platter