Marriage Supper of the Lamb

One great theme of Scripture is the marriage supper of the Lamb. This is the union of the bride (Christians) to her husband (Jesus) in the last days. Everyone is invited, but many choose not to attend. Matthew 22 and Luke 14 contain parallel passages wherein the invited guests begin to make excuses. “I bought land and have to go see it”. “I bought oxen and I have to try them out”.  “I just got married myself!” In the same way, we are all invited, “(God) will have all men to be saved, and to come into the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2:4), but we find excuses not to answer His call. “The church is full of hypocrites”. “Sunday’s the only day I can do what I want”. “I’m fine the way I am”. But God keeps calling. He sends His servants out to gather together guests and still there is room. His desire is that the room for the feast should be full. As was customary in Jesus’ day, all the guests were supplied with wedding garments. The analogy here is that Christians are washed by the blood of the Lamb and have made their garments white, “for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints”. (Rev. 19:8)  “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then  said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot,  and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness;  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. (Matt 22:11-13)  A man shows up at the wedding feast thinking he was invited, which he was at one time, but had never acknowledged the invitation. His lack of wedding garments betrays his presence. Suddenly he realizes that all his excuses are worthless and he can’t bring himself to defend his use of them. He is speechless. Straightway he is forcably removed from the feast and cast into hell.  A frightening scene, to be there and see the splendor of the feast, only to realize that when the invitation came, it was turned down. Another thought, equally disturbing, is that there is a doorway leading to hell from the very room of the feast. “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb”. (Rev. 19:9)  Consider yourself invited.

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