The Wedding of the Lamb: Who is Invited?
Revelation 19:9 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true sayings of God.
It’s a common knowledge that some weeks or even months before your wedding, you must have made and dispatched invitation card. You don’t just assume that people will just show up without invitation, what about those who has no knowledge of the wedding?
What if at the wedding; non of your invitees showed up? How will you feel? What will become of the entertainment you have prepared?
The wedding supper of the Lamb will be a glorious moment of our Lord Jesus Christ and the saints. It is a day the saints of God will sit side by side with the Lord in a glorious eternity. The question before us today is who is actually invited in the wedding supper? And what was the invitation call like?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The invitation call of this supper was issued by God from the beginning of creation to the point that He sent His son Jesus Christ. The invitation call is to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior; no one can be at the wedding supper without accepting this invitation.
Everybody is actually invited, the scripture above pointed that Whosoever that believes in Him… So it’s a call for men everywhere to believe in Jesus Christ and be part of the wedding supper. The truth is that everyone is invited, but only those who answers to the invitation by believing in Jesus Christ will be welcome into the supper of the Lord.
Let us understand invitation from the parable of The Wedding Feast
St. Matthew 22:1 Jesus told them several other stories to illustrate the Kingdom. He said,
St. Matthew 22:2 “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son.
St. Matthew 22:3 Many guests were invited, and when the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify everyone that it was time to come. But they all refused!
St. Matthew 22:4 So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared, and choice meats have been cooked. Everything is ready. Hurry!’
St. Matthew 22:5 But the guests he had invited ignored them and went about their business, one to his farm, another to his store.
St. Matthew 22:6 Others seized his messengers and treated them shamefully, even killing some of them.
St. Matthew 22:7 “Then the king became furious. He sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their city.
St. Matthew 22:8 And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor.
St. Matthew 22:9 Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’
St. Matthew 22:10 “So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.
St. Matthew 22:11 But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding.
St. Matthew 22:12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ And the man had no reply.
St. Matthew 22:13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
St. Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The original guest invited to the wedding feast turned down the invitation at the last minute, the original invitees can be traced to Adam and Eve, their disobedience to God’s instructions was how they turned down the invitation. Gen. 3
Another set of invitees were the generation of Noah, through corruption and all sorts of wickedness, they fell short of God’s invitation and was destroyed. Gen. 6
Another set of invitees was the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, they rejected the invitation with their act of sexual immorality. Gen. 19
Haven rejected the invitation to the feast, the celebrant instructed his servants to go into the street and invite everyone they see.
This brings us to this set of invitees which started with Abraham. He answered to God’s invitation when he was asked to leave his father’s land to an own known place. Gen. 12
Through his obedience and faith, God extended the invitation to all the nations of the earth as a promise through his seed. This promise of God became a reality through the birth of Jesus Christ (Seed of Abraham)
It is on the account of this promise that everyone should be invited to the feast; that Jesus Christ came; no wonder the Bible recorded that God loved the world, he wants us all to be at the feast that is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ that whosoever believe in Him has secured his ticket into the wedding hall.
Jesus came to earth and died for all mankind so that we can have access to this great feast. Look at how the Bible put it:
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You can see how wide the invitation was published. The servants in verse 10 of Matthew 22 went out and invited both good and bad; so the black man was invited, white men were also invited, Muslims, pagans, beggars, garbage collectors, politicians, students, sea men, pilot, president etc they were all among those Christ came to invite and now are all invited.
To be continued…
Everlasting and loving Father, you are our great defender in time of troubles and a compassionate God in the days of our rebellion, thank you for in a time like this, as we approach Advent, cause our hearts and minds to be open to accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, grant us the grace to believe in Him and stand by Him till the end of this age. Thank you for sending him to invite us for this great feast of the Supper of the Lamb, may non of us be found wanting on that faithful day in Jesus Christ name. Amen.