After work this evening my boss and I went to the store and ordered a special cake for my friend’s baby shower. Then we went to another store nearby and purchased plates, cups, utensils, table decorations, gifts and prizes. When we left, we had everything we need for the number of people who reserved a spot at the baby shower this weekend. The mother-to-be will be there, along with her family and close friends who received beautiful handmade invitations mailed out well in advance of the event. It is with great joy we will together celebrate the pending arrival of a new life into this world!
Did you know that someday there will be a great wedding banquet for all believers? This will occur after the Second Coming of Christ when He returns for all of His remaining believers left on Earth. The Kingdom of Heaven is our wedding banquet. The feast represents the wonderful things God freely offers to us. What a wonderful day it will be when we enter into God’s eternal glory, changed from the living into spirit, and to be present and abide with Him forever! Our bridegroom Jesus Christ will be there, and you and I–the bride of Christ–will also be present. The Church is His bride. And what will we be wearing? We will first be washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus–this is a Christian’s wedding contract. Those saved will then be clothed in the “new man” Jesus Christ and rid off the “old man” (our sinful and selfish nature). We will also be clothed in righteous deeds–this is our bright, clean and fine white linen. What are you doing to be sure you are clothed well? How are you sharing the love of God with others in your life?
God has invited all of humanity to sit at His banquet table through the call of the Gospel. The call went out to Israel, it goes out today, and it will lastly go out during the Great Tribulation. We are His servants sent out into the world to extend the invitation to everyone. Matthew 22 says that indifferent, rebellious and unbelieving people reject the invitation and the kindness of God. They refuse to come into the Kingdom of Heaven, despite God’s provisions. Some people are fooled into believing they can make it into heaven dressed improperly–by good works alone. Not everyone who has called Jesus “Lord” during their life will enter the Kingdom of God. We cannot enter into heaven by anything but the work of Jesus of the cross. We are not to be lords over our lives or try to earn our way inside. The Bible says our good works are as filthy rags if they are used to obtain salvation. Only God’s mercy and grace–free gifts to each one of us–can save us from destruction and hell, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Whether you reject God upfront or live as a hypocrite, you will still receive the same punishment: hell. A hypocrite is described as someone who tries to enter through a window instead of the front door of the banquet room. He is both a thief and a robber. We must repent, obey and have faith to enter in through the front door.
The Bible says we will be blessed when we enter into the kingdom of God. God calls everyone into the Kingdom of Heaven through the Gospel, but many people refuse his invitation. He repeatedly asks each one of us to attend while we are here on Earth. Have you accepted God’s offer to sit at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? Have you shared this invitation with others so they too have a chance to participate in God’s eternal and divine blessings?
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:6-9
Let us praise God, be glad and rejoice, for the Kingdom of God is at hand! Alleluia, Salvation and glory, and honor, and power unto the Eternal, our God! Alleluia for the Lord God omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him for the Marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. This will truly be an occasion worthy of celebration!