“Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But 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. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.””
Matthew 22:9-14 NKJV
I for one am a dress down kinda guy. I opt for comfort, rather than formality in most situations I enter. In my younger years, I worked hard and paid much money to have just the right clothes, so that I would not stick out like a sore thumb, having arrived for an event underdressed.
As I have gotten older, I have become more curmudgeonly, and ever so frumpy, not really caring about my appearance. As long as I was clothed, it was fine. For the follower of Jesus, there is coming an event where the dress code will be exceeding strict, and only those in the right clothes will enter in.
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.””
Revelation 19:7-9 NKJV
While my outward body is clothed in frumpiness, my inward man is being clothed with the righteousness of Christ. There is no sum of money that can buy the clothes that I will need to enter into the marriage supper of the Lamb, for they have been purchased for me, by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.
At some point, I came to understand that I could not save myself, the my sin was far more pervasive than my best deeds could erase. The spiritual clothing in which I was attired was shredded and filthy before the Lord. My righteous was but dirty laundry before a holy God.
“But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.”
Isaiah 64:6 NKJV
I had not standing before the Lord, as stood naked and exposed. But, Jesus. Before any of us was every conceived, He was ordained to come to earth and die for our sins. Because of Him we are clothed in His righteousness, and duly attired for the wedding feast to come.
In Matthew chapter 22, man is seen without a garment. He had tried to enter in of his own accord, having not truly taken on the righteousness of the Lord. In many churches today, there are people who profess to be believers, but do not know the Lord. They profess salvation, but do not possess it.
Oh what an embarrassing place to be!
Brothers and sisters, the day of the feast is coming one day, perhaps sooner than we know. Let us be attired in the righteousness of Christ, meeting the dress code of Heaven. Let none us be cast out into outer darkness.
Let us also go forth clothing the naked, telling them of this Jesus, for whom we have given our lives. God has sent us along the highways and byways, to add to the wedding feast. He has sent us to the good, and to the bad, all needing a savior. Let us be faithful to go and tell of the deep deep love of Jesus.
If you are one who has responded to the invitation, you are amongst the few, as many have been called and few chosen. All knowing God, knows who will come, and must be in the business of inviting, so that the Lord may save them, and clothe them in His righteousness.
Soon the work will be done, and the battle won. We will stand in glory, having endured great tribulation, having been delivered through the storm by our faithful God.
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.””
Revelation 7:9, 11-12 NKJV
“And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”
Revelation 19:4-6 NKJV
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