Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary
Eau Claire, WI

2017-10-30 ILC Chapel — We have an invitation to…

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We have an invitation to the Kingdom of God in the gospel. Faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus is our wedding garment.

 

Date : 2017-10-30
Speaker : Seminarian Nick Naumann

Matthew 22:1–14

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

22:1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants1 to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Footnotes

[1] 22:3 Or bondservants; also verses 4, 6, 8, 10

(ESV)

Hymn : TLH 279 st. 1-3: Today Thy Mercy Calls Us Hymnary.org link

1. Today Thy mercy calls us 
To wash away our sin. 
However great our trespass, 
Whatever we have been, 
However long from mercy 
Our hearts have turned away, 
Thy precious blood can cleanse us 
And make us white today. 

2. Today Thy gate is open, 
And all who enter in 
Shall find a Father’s welcome 
And pardon for their sin. 
The past shall be forgotten, 
A present joy be given, 
A future grace be promised, 
A glorious crown in heaven. 

3. Today our Father calls us, 
His Holy Spirit waits; 
His blessed angels gather 
Around the heavenly gates. 
No question will be asked us 
How often we have come; 
Although we oft have wandered, 
It is our Father’s home.