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You’re Welcome

You’re invited,
do come.
It will be a great feast,
with much rejoicing,
delicious food,
great entertainment,
the best you can imagine.

Do come.

Actually,
I’m busy,
so much to do.

I’m not sure it is my thing.

I’d rather be doing something else.

It might be too much effort,
all that dressing up,
getting there,
so much fuss.

Excuses,
excuses…

So you don’t want to come?

There are plenty who will,
people that you might not look twice at,
the disreputable,
the difficult,
the unsavoury
– in your eyes anyway;
to me
they are loved
and valued
and welcome

Matthew 22:1-14 (CEV)

The Great Banquet

22 Once again Jesus used stories to teach the people:

The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a king gave a wedding banquet for his son. The king sent some servants to tell the invited guests to come to the banquet, but the guests refused. He sent other servants to say to the guests, “The banquet is ready! My cattle and prize calves have all been prepared. Everything is ready. Come to the banquet!”

But the guests did not pay any attention. Some of them left for their farms, and some went to their places of business. Others grabbed the servants, then beat them up and killed them.

This made the king so furious that he sent an army to kill those murderers and burn down their city. Then he said to the servants, “It is time for the wedding banquet, and the invited guests don’t deserve to come. Go out to the street corners and tell everyone you meet to come to the banquet.” 10 They went out on the streets and brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike. And the banquet room was filled with guests.

11 When the king went in to meet the guests, he found that one of them wasn’t wearing the right kind of clothes for the wedding. 12 The king asked, “Friend, why didn’t you wear proper clothes for the wedding?” But the guest had no excuse. 13 So the king gave orders for that person to be tied hand and foot and to be thrown outside into the dark. That’s where people will cry and grit their teeth in pain.14 Many are invited, but only a few are chosen.

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Are you Coming?

Can you imagine if you had been invited to the wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?  I can’t imagine many of us would have considered refusing it – however Royalist or Republican our views.

We would want to be there, to be a part of what was happening, a piece of history; and to be seen to be there would be such an honour.

Such an honour is given in The Parable of the Wedding Feast.

The King has prepared a wedding feast for his son.  The very best of food has been prepared.  Come, the guests are invited.

But the guests are all busy.  They are more interested in going about their business, than joining the king for the celebration.  Because of this, anyone and everyone was invited – people from the streets, good, bad and indifferent, were all invited to come.

This, Jesus says, is how it is with God’s Kingdom.

We have an invitation – will we come?

Or are we too busy?  Too focussed on all we have to do?  Caught up in our own priorities?  Missing the greatest invitation of our lives?

God is inviting you to join him.  Will you?

Forgive me Lord,

that though I hear you call,

I am busy,

have other things to do,

projects that seem more important.

As I hear your invitation,

may I answer,

come to your banquet,

and feast on all you provide