Matthew 22:12, “ So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless”
I can imagine at celebrity weddings, that each person allowed to attend the event must be on a guest list at the front entrance. You see not just anyone can walk into an event with a bunch of celebrities and be allowed in. Some will certainly try to manipulate their way in claiming they should be on the list, and perhaps even name someone else they are acquainted with which is on the list, however the one checking the names at the front entrance will not let the person in because they have no right to be there.Jesus told a similar account in Matthew 22:2-10, “And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
The Kingdom of God EXISTS! “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son.” In Matthew’s Gospel, he wrote on Jesus’ repetitive statement “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…,”which appears about ten times in his writing. Jesus is using this parable to describe the Kingdom of God, which is a kingdom many in this world don’t contemplate much about. Someone is either a part of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of this world. The kingdom of this world may tantalize many, with its music, entertainment, glamour, etc…, yet we are to resist these things, because they are NOTHING compared to the Kingdom of our God. In Matthew 4, and Luke 4, Jesus is tempted by Satan himself, and one of Satan’s temptations to lure Jesus in was to show and promise Jesus to own the kingdoms of the world. Matthew wrote, “8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” The Devil seemed to believe that Jesus would jump at this gift the Devil was offering Him. The kingdoms of this world are the Devil’s to give, as “the god of this age (world) has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” Yet Jesus would not give in to this. What are the kingdoms of this world compared to the Kingdom of Heaven anyhow? The term “Kingdom” means “rule,” “reign” or “authority” (not a king’s people or land, as connotations of the English term could imply). Jewish people recognized that God rules the universe now, but they prayed for the day when he would rule the world unchallenged by idolatry and disobedience. The coming of this future aspect of God’s reign was generally associated with the Messiah and the resurrection of the dead. Because Jesus came and will come again, Christians believe that the kingdom has been inaugurated but awaits consummation or completion. “Kingdom of heaven” is another way (Matthew’s usual way) of saying “kingdom of God.” “Heaven” was a standard Jewish way of saying “God” (as in Luke 15:21) (Bible Backgrounds Commentary).
Jesus had (and still has) a Heavenly eternal kingdom and would not “trade it” for a temporary earthly one. He was the Gospel that was shining brighter and greater than ANY kingdom the Devil could allure Him with. So what did Jesus do at this point? Did he pray, yell, scream, or “cast Satan out”? No! Jesus used the Word of God, the Scriptures to combat his enemy. He did say say “Get behind me Satan (Luke 4) and “Away from me Satan (Matthew 4) but it was coupled with the Word of God. I heard of a false teacher that claimed to be a Christian Pastor say, “The Bible is not the Word of God, it is words about God.” The Bible makes it clear over and over, that the Bible is the written Word of God, which is why Jesus used the phrase over and over “It is written…” Here is where Jesus displayed this truth in His final combat with Satan on the mount of temptation. “Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”Jesus used the Word of the King Himself! This is the same power that drove the demons out of demonized people when they encountered the Christ. The King Word’s is sure. “For ever, O Lord Your Word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). What was the result of Jesus using the Word of the King? vs. 11“Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”
The Kingdom of God (Heaven) is the first kingdom we are to seek (Matthew 6:33) not our own kingdoms, nor the Kingdom of this world. The Kingdom of heaven is within you (Luke 17:20-21). The Kingdom is not a visible kingdom at this time, nor is it confined to a geographical location. The Kingdom of Heaven lives within the lives of people, not within walls, buildings, or palaces. Because the Kingdom of God exists, and it is in the Children of the King, then those children must live for their King and His Kingdom and not theirs. When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, he taught them to pray “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” We must also pray my kingdom Go! In the period of time between the resurrection and the ascension Jesus spoke about one topic, the Kingdom of God. You see a King will always speak about His Kingdom. The king in Jesus’ parable threw a wedding, in which many guests were invited. The King here represents God Himself, so serve the king faithfully! To be continued…
Until the nets are filled…
Blessings Phil Sessa, Evangelist Soulfishing Ministries