July 13, 2018
Matthew 22:13-14… Then the king said, “Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be gnashing of teeth. For many are called but few are chosen.”
The message of this part of the parable could be confusing when compared to His earlier statement… Verse 9… Go therefore to the main roads and invite as many as you find.
From that sentence we learn that anyone who would come to the wedding is invited. But, from the verses at the top of this page, we learn that there are prerequisites. And what do we do with verse 14…? “Many are called but few are chosen.”
God’s invitation to salvation is to everyone… and anyone, no matter how ugly or dirty we might be. But, there is only one garment that can be worn to the wedding feast of the Lamb. And there is only one way to obtain that garment... Jesus Christ. He said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” and “I am the way, the truth , and the life.” Jesus is the way, the only way. And He gives us new garments. There will be no sneaking into the kingdom of God. Jesus knows His own and we know Him. Do you know Jesus as the one who will throw you into outer darkness if you don’t wear your garment. That is a picture of Jesus that we might not keep in our picture file. But it is detailed in this scripture… “Many are called but few are chosen.” And, “Jesus, the good shepherd, knows His own.” (John 10:14) How often have you said, or heard said, “I don’t know if that person is a Christian or not.”? I wonder if that is even possible. Is there such a thing as a closet Christian? I have heard of people in societies that keep it a secret because their family will disown them if they come out and admit that they are Christian. Mostly, we, in our country, can’t hide behind that excuse. Jesus didn’t hide His power. He performed miracles as he walked along. He did not always talk about His power but He always lived it.
Are you a talking christian or a living Christian? Do you talk about your robe of righteousness or do you wear it? Do you talk about love to do you love? Lord, this is a hard teaching. Oh, how I need you.