Jesus preferred the use of parables in His teachings. Crowds of people would hunt Him from one point to the next, as they listened to His wisdom. He would tell a parable here and there, and only a few could get what He was saying. Only those of a genuine conscious would apprehend the extent of His wisdom. Only those who were seeking Him with an honest heart would learn vital lessons.
Are you following Jesus with a sincere heart?
Christianity can become dry, and a hard parable to decode if you are not serious about following Jesus. When you are serious about Jesus, you find Christianity so exciting that you just want to learn about it perpetually and practise it persistently.
There is a supernatural transformation that takes place when one gets born again. It is supernatural in the sense that it overhauls the natural appetites and replaces them with spiritual ones. You suddenly find yourself interested in the Bible more than previously. You just find yourself drifting towards doing good works than evil works. You just find yourself abandoning old lifestyles in favour of the new One. You just find your language has changed. That does not mean you become perfect, but instead, there is continuous growth as you remain focused on Him solemnly and diligently. The transformation is profound and permanent.
One example of Jesus’ parable is found in Matthew 22:1-14.
The second half of the parable, which is almost separate itself, regards a man who shows up at the feast without the precise wedding attire (Matthew 22:11-13). The king asks how the man got into the wedding without the proper clothing, and when the man is unable to provide an answer, the king has him thrown out of the wedding hall and into the darkness outside.
This seems unusual to our contemporary times, for what else could the king require from people he had rounded up from the streets and back alleys? Why would a vagrant have fitting wedding attire? The answer is that in such circumstances of the Mediterranean civilisation, the king would make sure to provide proper wedding clothes to all of his guests as they arrived. So the king’s question to the inappropriately groomed man is not so much, “Why aren’t you dressing up in the right clothes?” but rather, “How did you get in here? If you had come in by the front gate, you would have been given decorous apparel. The fact that you are wearing odd clothing shows you came in in some other way.”
This is reminiscent of Jesus’ earlier statement that only thieves and robbers enter a sheepfold by climbing over a wall (John 10:1). Everyone else comes in through the forward gate. The point is that this man who was at the wedding without the required attire was a thief who went over the wall. Most ironically, of course, is that there could have been many other thieves in the wedding bash, but they had come in through the front door and thus were given proper wedding attire.
I am a thief too. And worse, I am a robber. I am in His wedding party. But I have used the front gate. As I was checking in, I was handed the right attire. No one can throw me out.
I believe many of the people reading this post are thieves and robbers too, but they came in through the front gate, and even those who have not entered through the gate still have opportunity to use the entrance.
You ought to scrutinise yourself, even as you attend church every now and then and make a claim that you are a Christian. Why? It could be possible that you climbed the wall and do not have a wedding gown.
Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast tells us that God has called every person to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. In the parable, some people had “more meaningful” things to do, such as running their business and making money, while others just snubbed the call. Are you disregarding His bid?
Still, others fought, mailmed and killed those who were inviting others to salvation.
In the parable, God destroyed those people and incinerated their city.
When the invited failed to show up, God sent out even more people, urging the humans to join Him; “evil and good” people came through God’s invitation, but only those who were enveloped in the righteousness of Jesus were allowed to stay. Are you wrapped in His Holiness or your own holiness?
Those who were purporting to be disciples of Jesus or thought they could secure their way to heaven were bound and cast out.
So, the parable is a notice to those who scorn God’s call to salvation, as well as, religious charlatans who think they can fool God through their simulation.
The truth is that you have been invited by God to attain salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. However, if you reject the invite, you will not be one of the few chosen for God’s felicity.
Many people get to hear the call of God, which comes through the revelation of Himself; through two things—the creation and the conscience within us. But only the “few” will answer because they are the ones who are actually hearing. Jesus said many times, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8, 14:35). The object is that everyone has ears, but only a few are listening and answering. Not everyone who hears the Good News welcomes it but only the “few” who have ears to hear. These few are the thieves and robbers who use the gate. The many are those ones who climb the wall.