“… when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless.’”
— Matthew 22:11-12
Can you imagine being invited to a royal wedding? For most of us, our first response would be “But I have nothing to wear.” Then we’d go to great lengths to prepare for the event, scouring all the best stores for the most suitable gown or tuxedo, not to mention all the appropriate accessories.
Well, the invitations have gone out, not for the wedding of the century, but for the wedding feast of the ages. And you are invited.
In the parable of the wedding feast, Jesus says that the King of kings has invited many to come celebrate with Him, but some of them won’t come. So the King invites more to attend. Those who accept the invitation must carefully choose what to wear. Would any store sell a dress fine enough? Would any tailor sew an outfit appropriate for the great wedding feast of the Lamb? No, nothing we could find would be good enough, so God Himself has provided a shining white robe for each of us to wear. That robe is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is the only proper outfit, and woe to the person who tries to get into the banquet—Heaven— without it.
God will immediately spot those at the banquet who do not wear the wedding garment. In the parable, the man without a wedding garment represents all those who have joined the Church for reasons other than love for Christ. He represents all who profess what they do not possess. Many people claim to be Christians, but they haven’t truly given their hearts to Jesus Christ. As the king in the parable cast out the man without the wedding garment, so, too, will God cast from Heaven those who do not wear the robe of Christ’s righteousness.
Don’t miss out on the wedding banquet. Dress for true success by taking Christ’s righteousness upon you. Allow His grace to usher you in to the celebration of all time.