“The Wedding Cloths” Matthew 22:1-14

This parable of the Kingdom might strike you as strange, but is has something important to say to us about what to wear.

What should you wear to meet the president of the United States? One mother was horrified when there on TV her daughter was one of the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse players who wore flip-flops to meet the president.

First we will break down this parable. The invited guest are the Jews who have not accepted Jesus. The people brought in from the road are the gentiles. God, the King is delighted to have everyone there except one person who is not wearing wedding clothes.

We may think the King unjust, how was this man supposed to have wedding cloths when he was out traveling? The only explanation is that wedding garments were provided.

The understanding is clear. God has called us to the wedding banquet and He has provided us with cloths to wear and expects us to wear them.  Lets look at some of the garments God has given us to wear.

Isa 61:3 grant to those who mourn in Zion to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

A headdress and garments of praise, instead of ashes and mourning. It is interesting how we manage to make being a Christian more like being at a funeral than a party. Yet Gods picture of people coming to Him is filled with rejoicing and celebration. Isa 61 continues with.

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Are we putting on His robe righteousness and garments of salvation or are still clothed in the filthy rags of our past.  

Phil 3:7-11 7  But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.   8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ   9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith

Jesus has given us new cloths to wear, Cloths of His righteousness, Cloths of Joy, to replace our guilt and shame.

Psalm  30:11 & 12 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

While the rest of the world has no choice about what cloths they will wear, you and I have been given the cloths of a king. We dare not put them on. The King expects us to wear the righteousness, salvation, joy and praise He purchased for us on the cross. We need to put away our somber faces and seriousness, it’s time to put on the Kings wedding garments and rejoice in the party for we have a seat at the table of the King.