Matt.22:11,12 – But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.
Jesus is unveiling the ramifications of His soon approaching death in this parable. For those who accept His gift of grace and put on His wedding garment, joy unspeakable in the heavenly celebration. For those who reject His death as the only way of salvation and refuse the wedding garment, a misery beyond our worst nightmares. When we trust in the shed blood of Jesus we are cleansed from all of our sin and we put on the garment of righteousness. Only those dressed for the wedding in the proper garment are welcomed into the celebration. Christ died to save sinners, our only responsibility is to receive His gift by faith. Here is how Spurgeon describes this passage.
“His presence was tolerated till a certain solemn moment: when the King came in to see the guests. Then the eye, which looks over all things, but overlooks nothing, spied out the daring intruder: he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. The wedding garment represents anything that is indispensable to a Christian, but which the unrenewed heart is not willing to accept. The man who had not on the wedding garment was out of sympathy with the assembly, out of harmony with its object, devoid of loyalty to the King, yet he braved and brazened it out, and thrust himself in among the wedding guests. It was a piece of defiant insolence, which could not be allowed to pass unnoticed and unpunished. In some respects he was worse than those who refused the invitation; for while he professed to accept it, he only came that he might insult the King to his face. He would not put on the garment which was freely provided, because by doing so he would have been honoring the Prince, whose marriage was to him an object of contempt and scorn.”
So the question we all need to answer is this – have you put on your wedding clothes or are you going to get thrown out of the celebration? Everyone is invited, but not everyone humbles themselves to be clothed with Christ. Today all of us need to come to Christ, be cleansed with His blood, and put on His beautiful garments of righteousness. The wedding party is about to begin.