This week is Holy Week, so I would like to take a particular event in Jesus' life this week and see what we can learn from it. Today's devotion is based on Matthew 22:1-14, "And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast."' But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen."
Jesus, in knowing his arrest was getting close told many parables. All of them were designed to warn the Jews that if they did not change their ways, their very beliefs, they would be rejected by God. He wanted them, just as he does today, Jew and Gentile to turn to him since he is the promised Messiah. There is no forgiveness, no salvation, no eternal life with God without believing in him.
Please join me in prayer: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for providing salvation for us through Jesus Christ, true God, true man. Help us to stay in the faith through your Word so that we can live our lives in peace, knowing that we are clothed in the righteous robes of Jesus. In his name, we pray. Amen.