ARE YOU DRESSED FOR THE WEDDING?
Dr. Jerry Vines
Since the fall of Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden God has
been calling people to come to salvation. A wide variety of
illustrations is used in the Bible to show us how God invites people to
come. For instance, salvation is compared to walking through a door.
Jesus said in John 10, "I am the door, by me if any man enter in he
shall be saved." Being saved is like God providing a door and you and I
opening the door and walking in.
On another occasion salvation is compared to taking a drink of
water. Remember when the Lord Jesus was talking to the woman at the
well and Jesus said to her, "give me to drink." (Talking about physical
water). Later on Jesus said to her, "you could ask of me and I would
give you to drink living water." Salvation there is compared to taking
a drink of water. God provides the water of life. You and I by faith
take the water and we receive it to ourselves. One of the other
illustrations to show God's great invitation of salvation is like an
invitation to a wedding feast. God invites people to the great wedding
supper of salvation and when you and I respond to the invitation and
receive it on the terms of God, then we are gloriously saved.
I was blessed as I was listening to Eric and the Choirs and
Orchestra singing about the next time he comes. I was reminded of the
fact that when Jesus comes again there is going to be a great marriage
supper in the sky. One of these days we who know Christ as our Savior
are going to sit down at the banquet meal in heaven. Salvation is
compared to responding to an invitation to a great supper. You have to
understand at this particular point in Matthew's gospel is that Jesus is
dealing with the rejection of the nation Israel of His great invitation
to them. We will see as we move on into these later chapters of Matthew
that the nation of Israel rejects the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, there
are three parables o ...
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