THE WEDDING GARMENT.





There was a certain King who gave a great feast upon the occasion of

his son's wedding. And he sent out his servants to bring in those that

had been invited, but they would not come. Then he sent forth other

servants, saying, "Tell them which were bidden, 'Behold, I have

prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things

are ready. Come unto the feast.'" But they made light of the message

and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his warehouse; others

took the servants and slew them.



When the King heard what had been done, he was very angry, and sent

out his army to destroy the murderers, and burn up their city. Then

said he to the servants, "The wedding is ready, but they which were

bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and all ye

shall find, bid them come to the marriage." So they gathered together

as many as they could find. And upon each one, as he entered the

house, was put a beautiful marriage garment, which the King had

prepared. But when the people were all seated, and the King had

entered the house, he saw there a man that had not on a wedding

garment, and he said unto him, "Friend, how camest thou in hither

without a wedding garment?" And the man was speechless, for the

garment had been offered to him at first, but he had refused it. Then

said the King to the servants, "Bind him hand and foot, and take him

away and cast him into outer darkness."



In this parable, the King means God, who gave the feast for His Son,

Jesus Christ. Those who were first asked were the Jews, who refused to

believe in Christ. Those who were afterwards brought in, signify the

people who have since listened to His Word, and believed in Him. The

one without the wedding garment is any one that pretends to accept the

invitation to be one of God's people, but in his heart does not

believe in Christ.





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