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    John C Browning
           Sermon for:

         October 12, 2008

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
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Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Based on studies by Jerry Shirley

Matthew 22:1 – 14

Read Text:

A year ago last summer was June 7, 2007, 7-7-07, and there were more
weddings than in the whole month of June they say. Each one wore their
best for the occasion. We all should try to wear our Sunday best, though we
don‘t focus outwardly in this church, I think it‘s the least we can do for our
groom, the best man Who ever lived, and the Father of the bride as well!

Now this is not to say that what we wear to church determines anything
about our devotion or salvation. But what we wear on the inside does.

Besides, we all must do laundry from time to time, and change clothes often.

Joke—one man tried to excuse himself for wearing the same thing every
Sunday saying, ―Jesus never changes.‖

But God wants us to be clean first of all on the inside, then outwardly as a
result. He wants us to live well and become sweet incense in His nostrils.

Joke—ever heard of Windwood Deodorant? They have this bargain brand at
Dollar General. Their slogan is: ―So strong you could skip a day.‖
Somebody needs to give them a new idea, otherwise someone may tell you
―you smell so strong it‘s like you skipped a day!‖

The scope of this parable is very wide; it seems to embrace this whole
dispensation of Grace. The ―certain King‖ is God the Father; the ―Son,‖
Jesus Christ; the ―marriage,‖ the new relationship into which the Son was
about to enter; the ―servants,‖ the apostles of Christ; ―those that were
invited, ‖ the Jews, who, as a nation, had received notice long before; the
―other servants,‖ perhaps those who went forth after Pentecost ; the
―dinner,‖ the provision made by God in the death of His Son for hungry,
perishing souls ; they ―made light of it ,‖ the rejection of Christ by the Jews,
His called ones; the ―city burned,‖ destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans
thirty years later; ―Go into the street corners,‖ the universal invitation of
the Gospel; the ―wedding banquet is ready,‖ the calling out and completion

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of the Church; ―the King came in to see the guests, ‖ the second Coming of
Christ ; ―Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the
darkness,‖ the separation of the chaff from the wheat; He shall thoroughly
purge His floor.

Let’s Pray:

The Gospel of the grace of God is here beautifully set forth. Observe the-

I. Provision. ―Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my
dinner‖ (v. 4). The provision was wholly His own. ―My oxen, my fatted
cattle have been butchered.‖ He spared not His own Son, but freely gave
Him up to the death for us all. The provision was very great; it included ―all
things.‖ All things are yours if you are Christ‘s. Those who came to this
feast found what sinners find in coming to Christ-

1. REST on a Kingly couch.
2. SHELTER under a royal roof.
3. SATISFACTION at a story-book table.
4. FELLOWSHIP with Princely friends.

II. Invitation. ―Come to the wedding banquet‖ (v 4). This invitation is for
all. Whosoever will may come; both bad and good were called. The Gospel
invitation ‗takes no notice‘ of our character; the vilest as well as the most
virtuous must accept the invitation on equal terms. None deserve it. It is the
goodness of God freely offered to all. The pompous prince and the poverty-
stricken beggar are both alike indebted to the mercy and grace of God for
salvation. Because of this many ―make light of it.‖ To make light of the
invitation is to make light of the God who gives it. That is no light matter.

Provision, invitation…

III. Inspection. ―The King came in to see the guests‖ (v. 11). – Like a
military sergeant, each one will be closely inspected. All who accept the
invitation expect to see the King; with joy they wait for His Coming. Those
who are living in rebellion against His will, despising His grace, may well
dread His appearing. He comes to see and to welcome all those who have
believed His Word through His servants.

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IV. Detection. ― he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding
clothes.‖ (v . 11). Only one, but the quick eye of the King soon found him
out. The man was conspicuous, not for what he had, but for what he had not.
―A wedding garment.‖ The garment was part of the King‘s provision, but
he refused it. It is not enough that we merely believe the invitation of the
Gospel; we must lay hold of the righteousness of God, which is offered us in
Christ Jesus, and upon all them that believe. Remember that mingling among
the people of God does not fit us for meeting the King. Rubbing shoulders
with royals doesn‘t make you one of them. You may escape the detection of
the servants, but the Searcher of hearts will find you out. Today it‘s the
Christians who stand out, but on that day when you want to blend in, you
must be wearing the right thing or you‘ll be easily detected!

V. Interrogation. ―how did you get in here without wedding clothes?‖ (v.
12). He does not take him by the throat. This is the language of tenderest
compassion, but he is faithful and just. It was not the King‘s fault, but
perhaps he was priding himself in his own good-looking garments, prepared
for the occasion, and all duly paid for. He belongs to the family of those who
―did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to
establish their own‖ (Rom. 10.3).

Provision, invitation, inspection, detection, interrogation…

VI. Conviction. ―The man was speechless‖ (v. 12). It‘s like standing naked
before a crowd. Ever had that dream? He was self-condemned before a court
from which there was no appeal. He may have been making fine speeches
before the King came in, but now his mouth is stopped. There is no one to
plead his cause. In his behalf all his friends are speechless. Truly you should
boast of nothing now that you will not rejoice in when the King comes. This
man does not even ask for mercy, so utterly hopeless is his case now. It is a
solemn moment when all the lies are swept away by the power of His
presence. ―What wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?‖ (Jer. 13.21).

VII. Expulsion. ―Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot,
and throw him outside, into the darkness‖ (v. 13). The man who despises the
King‘s garment will never taste His feast. Think of what he was taken away
from. Away from all his opportunities and companions, into the outer
darkness, the darkness of hopeless despair, that is, outside the kingdom of
God‘s dear Son. What a change! What a disappointment! Out from the
presence of a feast into the place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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There will be great and sudden changes when He shall appear.

So you must ask yourself, have you have the change. Your friends and
family at that final banquet may have been fooled by years of fancy clothes
and fancy talk (those who the talk the talk.) But have you truly made the
change (become one who walks the walk?) The King upon his return will
not be fooled.

No one but you can make that choice for you or determine if you have. Be
ever mindful that we have been invited to the ultimate banquet. The Guest of
Honor is coming soon. Won‘t you prepare yourself for the inspection of the

If you‘ve not made you decision today is the day. If you‘ve made your
decision but life has soiled our wedding clothes, today is the day to have
then cleaned and refreshed.

Let’s Pray:

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