The Wedding Banquet

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God has planned a wedding banquet to celebrate the arrival of his bride, the church, into the Kingdom of God. Have you ever attended a wedding banquet? Do you remember the joyful celebration, love of the bride and groom, delicious feast, words of blessing, and dancing into the night? God has a party beyond anything we could imagine to celebrate the consummation of Christ and his bride, the church, in God’s Kingdom. But Jesus has a twist in this parable, because many of the invited guests are too busy, or too distracted, or simply reject God’s invitation. But God is gracious and extends the invitation to the least likely people who humbly accept the invitation by the pathway of grace. We’ll be called to examine our response to God’s invitation, inspired to persevere by the promise of this eternal celebration, and challenged to align God’s Kingdom as our highest priority.