Of all the different duties that go with being a pastor one of my favorites is performing weddings. They are special occasions that mark one of God’s greatest adventures. Few other moments in life are filled with such delight and joy and hope and promise. But…
As much as I like all the details to come together and flow smoothly for all involved, I’m not one to pay attention to stuff like what people wear. Just about any type of clothing attire is acceptable these days but that’s certainly not the case for the upcoming royal wedding across the pond.
The other day as I was walking through the family room I caught a blurb on the TV about certain styles of wardrobe that were or were not considered appropriate for the royal festivities. Anyone with an ounce of etiquette will be paying attention to those standards.
A similar situation is found in Scripture but for a different reason. In Matthew 22 Jesus teaches about the kingdom of God by describing it as a wedding feast. Preparations are made and the guests are invited, but one individual has wardrobe issues.
11 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. 13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Why was this guys’ clothes an issue?
The wedding feast represents our salvation; our reconciliation with God. We are all peasants, spiritually speaking, and don’t have the appropriate wedding attire to participate. But God graciously provides the necessary garments – His righteousness – as a gift! Unless we humble ourselves and accept the Father’s gift of grace we cannot be part of the wedding celebration. So…
Are you properly dressed and ready for THE royal wedding?