Invitations Abounding

May 20, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 22

Yes, the passage is a parable—a story that shapes us. Jesus provides the parable, expressing at least a single emphasis, and possibly other key insights as well. One of those insights is found in these words: “So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find” (Matthew 22:9).  As you read the passage you will see it presents a believer’s task and Christ’s triumphant celebration.

The invitation of God appears on other occasions, including the emphasis for disciples. After the resurrection, Jesus will say, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations(Matthew 28:19). It was a timely teaching prior to Christ’s ascension to Heaven’s Court.

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Consistently extending his own words, Christ directs that all nations are welcome to become disciples. Thus establishing that he is the admission pass to God’s culminating wedding feast banquet.

The first disciples, gathered in Jerusalem, heard the reiterated emphasis with some geographical and cultural descriptions, clarifying the task. During the first three centuries of the church believers understood the following words to precisely mirror Christ’s instructional parable. Our risen Lord said, “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The extensive invitation confirms the force of Christ’s wedding feast parable.

Life Application Questions

When have you experienced God’s invitation?

Were you pleased with yourself over your response?

Are you surprised at the extent of God’s invitation?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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