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Invitation to a Royal Wedding, Pt2.
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
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In the light of the defiant and wicked attitude of the men to whom He was speaking, the Saviour reminds them of the nature of the Person and the message they were defying.
II. THE SAVIOUR SETS FORTH CLEARLY THE PERSON WITH WHOM THEY WERE DEALING
1. He made clear to them that they were defying and insulting a great King. “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,” Matthew 22:2. Men tend to forget Who God is! He is the Creator of all things. He upholds all things. He is the Judge of all the earth.
“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Daniel 4:35.
He it is that speaks to you in the gospel, Who “now commandeth all men every where to repent,” Acts 17:30.
The gospel comes to you as a command from God to REPENT!
III. HE SETS FORTH THE GLORIOUS CHARACTER OF THE GOSPEL
“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,” verse 2.
An invitation to a wedding is usually counted an important thing. It indicates your standing in the eyes of the person inviting you. A royal wedding invitation is even more treasured! It is considered a great favour and honour indeed.
1. That is what the gospel is! What an honour to receive an invitation from God!
Invitation to a Royal Wedding, Pt1.
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
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We will read the parable right through as part of our first study for it is important that we take note of exactly what the Saviour says before we attempt to expound it.
I. NOTE TO WHOM HE IS SPEAKING.
1. Jewish leaders. “And Jesus answered and spake unto them,” Matthew 22:1. This referred to “the chief priests and Pharisees,” 21:45.
2. Angry and violent Jewish leaders. “ . . . they sought to lay hands on him, 21:46.
Yet despite this, He spoke again to them. How patient is the Lord!
The Parable of the two sons – Part 13
The Saviour’s application of the Parable, Part 2.
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“Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him,” Matt 21:31-32. (Read Luke 13:22-29)
We have noted how inexcusable has been the rejection of the gospel by the chief priests and the elders. While they had heard the gospel preached by John the Baptist and had seen others obeying, they obstinately refused to heed God’s call.
1. Oftentimes it is the most unlikely persons who obey the gospel. The privileged miss out! “Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. . . . . . . but the publicans and the harlots believed him,” 31-32.
These are notorious sinners yet they believed John the Baptist and went “into the kingdom of God.”
2. Please notice what happens to you when you get saved. How wonderful is little phrase: “go into the kingdom of God.” That is what happens when you get saved! You enter a new world! “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
3. God notes the rejection of the gospel and takes action. Further down the chapter, the Saviour is speaking to the same rejectors and says: “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof,” Matthew 21:43. “Shall be taken” means to lift up and away. “And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full,” Matthew 14:20. That which is not used is taken away. Please, boys and girls, take note of this.
4. Such rejection of the gospel makes hell worse for such men. “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them,” 2 Pet 2:21. “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee,” Matt 11:23-24.
I leave you with this solemn warning against rejection of the gospel. Please take heed today.