This passage here talks about a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited but they did not honour the invite,instead they went about doing their work, some even got offended and killed some of the servants. The king seeing that they were not forthcoming told his servants to invite anyone they could find, on the streets, anywhere, whether bad or good. One of those who had been invited was not dressed for the occasion and then was eventually thrown out.
Now relating this to the present day church many are not ‘dressed for the occasion’. How so? you might ask, looking at this passage objectively, why would this man not have dressed properly for the wedding, perhaps he didn’t even know he was going for one, he didn’t know where the crowd was going but decided to follow, he didn’t inquire about who had sent the invitation. This is how most people in church are today, they just attend, but have no knowledge whatsoever of who Jesus is, they just need somewhere to go on a Sunday morning, and they need to be able to answer Yes! When asked if they went to church. They want to appear righteous, they want to belong, they sit in service, appearing to listen attentively, but as a matter of fact have little or no knowledge of the one who had invited them, many are not born again but they attend church. The day will come when Christ will ask, why are you here?
Where you are coming from, your background is no excuse not be ‘dressed’ that is, these factors have nothing to do with not finding out about Jesus and what he requires of you.
Let’s ask ourselves sincerely, can we truly say we have exchanged our rags for the robe of righteousness that Jesus is offering? Accepting an invitation to go to church does not equal righteousness, because you go to the house of the Lord does not mean you have accepted him. Accept Jesus today and exchange those rags for the robe of righteousness, so when he comes, you will not be amongst those who will be ‘improperly dressed’ and thrown out.
I have exchanged my rags for the robe of righteousness.
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servantsto those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
- Matthew 22:17 A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.