Are You Properly Dressed?
Thank You, Lord, that in Christ I can approach the throne of God with confidence.
Are you seeking to stand before God outside of Christ?
Jesus continues his teaching with another parable. A king has prepared a wedding banquet for his son. The invitations have been sent, the food is ready and stewards are sent to escort the guests. But the guests rudely abuse the servants and treat the invitation with contempt (3,5,6).
First, this appears to be another picture of the people of Israel being invited to participate in God's kingdom. Then, not only do they not value the invitation, they destroy the messengers. So the invitation is widened to any who will accept. Interestingly, it includes "good and bad" (10). Their invitation is not based on their moral state or personal goodness. Anyone may come. Wonderful!
Wait; one is thrown out! Why? He is not properly clothed!
While grace invites us all into God's Kingdom, we cannot enter unaltered! All our imperfections must be covered over, and there is only one robe which can effectively achieve that. Christ is the robe of righteousness bought with his own precious blood. The invitation must be responded to with humility and repentance; the offered robe must be put on.
Jesus died so that we might be clothed in him (Gal. 3:27) and stand forgiven. If you have not, accept that robe.
God, thank You that You have called us back to Yourself and into the celebration of the ages. You have paid our way.