Everyone loves a good wedding. A little girl was at her first wedding, and she was so excited about the event. She was amazed by the flowers, decorations, and candles. Then the music started and the pbrie began to walk down the aisle. She leaned over to her mom and asked ,"Why is she dressed in all white?" Her mom thought of a good answer for a four year old to understand and replied, "Because white is the color of happy, and this is the happiest day of her life." Then the little girl looked at the alter, and asked, "Why is he dressed in black?"
How many remember the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton? It seemed like every news station was tuned in for this royal wedding and every tabloid was talking about it. I bring it up for an interesting detail. The guest list for the royal event included around 1900 individuals from a select group. Many people joined the celebration around the world, including 72 million people on YouTube live stream. The guests who were invited to the ceremony were given strict instructions on their invitations. They could wear to the event: a military uniform, morning coat, or a lounge coat. They were not permitted to wear anything and everything… they couldn’t show up per say in blue jeans and a t-shirt or their softball uniform. Otherwise they wouldn’t be permitted into the party. This small note is going to be significant in just moment. I was really shocked that I didn’t get an invitation to the royal wedding… I’m pretty sure none of us received an invitation to this royal event, but you don’t have to be discouraged, because Jesus tells a story about a royal wedding and guess what? You’re invited.
It all begins with a relationship with the Lord. Believing in Jesus! Living our lives in such a light that we leave the right kind of legacy begins with Believing in Jesus. No matter the material you use in building a structure or the skill of the carpenter, an improper foundation can cause the entire structure to be weakened. Believing in Jesus, having a relationship with Him, is the best and only foundation we should have in life.
Jesus shares a story about a great weeding banquet in Matthew 22:1-14.
So a king throws a royal party for his son and his wedding. In the customs of this culture, such a party would last for several days. Being invited to a royal wedding would be viewed as the social event of a lifetime. The king wouldn’t wait for the last minute to send out invitations to this royal event. He would have “save the date” notices weeks advance. The day would be announced, but not the time of the event. When the food was prepared, the servants would go out and call everyone to gather on that day.
The king’s invitations were rejected by the guests. Then on the day of the wedding, he sent out another wave of invitations, but they gave excuses why they could not come. One said he had to go to the field and the other said he had to go to his business. The rest of the people, mistreated and killed the messengers. This was a picture of the Jewish people rejecting the message and persecuting the prophets. The king is enraged and opens the banquet up for anyone and everyone whether good or bad. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ be extended to the Gentiles. When the king would send out an invitation, he would give a valuable gift. It would be a garment to wear to the royal event. The king had everything prepared for the celebration. They didn’t have to bring an appetizer, just an appetite. The acceptance of the garment is a picture of the believer putting on the robe of righteousness which is received through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Obviously, in this parable, God the Father is the King and Jesus is His Son. A wedding party is already planned in heaven. The Bible describes it in this way, “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 to her to wear.” Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” (Revelation 19:7-9)
Some people entertain the wrong perspective of the Christian life and it could be oftentimes the consequence of co-workers and colleagues that claim to know Christ… We should not walk around like a sad bunch of sour people, looking like we have sucked on lemons all of our life. The Christian life is considered more of a feast than a funeral. It is a celebratory journey, as Jesus has given us the victory and invited us to this party. Each step we take on earth is one step closer to eternity and we are looking forward to this wedding party.
Galatians 3:27 says that we have been clothed with Christ. Everyone, good and bad were given the opportunity to come to this royal event… it is the same with Heaven… all of us have the opportunity, but only those who Believe in Jesus, and accept His robe of righteousness will enjoy life eternally.
If we desire to leave the right kind of legacy that honors the Lord with our hearts and lives through our testimony, it begins with a relationship with the Lord, Believing in Jesus, and His finished work on the cross. Can you hear the Savior calling your name, “Come”? Will you RSVP and trust in the Savior today… Sometimes an invitation will come with an RSVP that is a declaration of whether you plan on coming or not so the host can prepare accordingly. Peter said, “There is hope reserved in heaven for you” speaking of those who have believed… they have RSVP’d a place at the wedding supper of the lamb. Friend, have you? You know in your hard of hearts if you have… do not come up with excuses, but settle the matter in your heart today and know without a shadow of doubt that heaven is your eternal home. God loves you and you are invited… how will you respond? If you have accepted this invitation, who are you telling about this royal event? Are you telling children, and grand-children? Are you telling your co-workers and colleagues? We need to go out into the world and let everyone know, there is a God in heaven and He loves you… there is a party in heaven and you are invited. As a church, this fuels our passion. Extending this invitation is our primary mission.