"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes."
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to Me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, My steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for He has glorified you.
Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
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 servants 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.’ 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.
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 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.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
*Transcript was edited for readability.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
St. Matthew the 22nd chapter; 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 servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.”
This ought to catch your attention, it's glorious and it's violent, so this word of Christ ought to catch your attention. The most profound joining of one person to another in this life is known in holy matrimony. It's a reason to feast and so Jesus speaks this parable that the Father in heaven is joining you most profoundly so in communion with his son and it's a reason to feast but the world's looking on with ambivalence.
They don't really care, we're still the world's regarding the Lord Christ in the marriage feast that we would know to the Lamb that has no end with violence. So we ought to pay attention, that we wouldn't be outside in the darkness but that we would be inside in that glorious place that is the presence of the Son, the feasting of the Father.
If you know, if you look, if you observe, if you see, we're living in a violent age. Particularly violence being poured out against marriage. Go to masterpiece cake shop you'll see a splattered window or a shattered window where a rock has been thrown. Thrown at the cake shop that has the audacity to say it's a fine thing, a marriage of a man to a woman.
It's a violent age people are harming their very bodies, emasculating them, men supposedly trying to become women. Women physically harming themselves supposedly in attempts to become men. Over against the creation of the Lord God as man and woman. It's a violent age.
If you turn the television on as the United States government, worthy of our prayers, was confirming or going through the process of confirming a Supreme Court justice, it's no doubt that it was met with violence. Violence especially over against marriage. Violence to get what one desires. Violence in some ways always seems to reflect of course anger, and what are people violent at these days?
Truthfully, if it's directed at you or if it's directed at me or if it's directed at the way were made or if it's directed at the gift that is marriage, the violence quite frankly is aimed at the Father who is in heaven. The violence is a rejection of the wedding feast of his Son. That’s simply what is
So it's not new, we've got our heads in the sand if we think there was a glorious Christian age that was free from any sin or free from any trouble. This parable that Jesus speaks was told Holy Week, so just few days before Good Friday and few days before the resurrection of God's Son.
He speaks it to all who will hear but especially to the enemies of the church who after hearing it plotted how they might kill the Son of God. Jesus tells a parable of the fattened calf being prepared, everything being ready, come, come, to the wedding feast of God the Father. Come be joined in everlasting communion to the Son, and for this they plotted to kill him, and for this they come in on the cross that they make might make God in the flesh dead, and that they might have the spoils.
But of course it's not a war that mankind can win when they hang the Lord Christ on the tree. Of course he and his holy angels are the victors. They do indeed hold the field forever and gather under his wings the church that is baptized into this Christ, put in the protection of the Father in heaven. How nonsensical mankind is to enter into a fight that they cannot win. But the anger has clouded their sight and dulled their minds. May we pay attention today that we would not be as they are.
This struggle is not new, this anger that's being poured out at Christ and the Church of God. If you've encountered the Holy Scriptures you know it's as ancient as the children of Adam and Eve. Cain and Abel know the fight between faith and unbelief. The world in violence rises up against Noah, his wife and their children, it made Pharaoh blind, Nebuchadnezzar also so.
The world against the Church rages and if you feel it in your flesh or if you know it in your day-to-day life, people being angry that you would hold dearly your marriage, that you would think highly of the creation of the Lord God, that you would trust not in the world's princes but in the Lord Jesus himself. If you feel it well then you're participating in the struggle that has been from the beginning of the world that will go to the end of the world. But know this, you can be brave because the Lord Christ indeed will feast with his church in that banquet prepared by the Father that knows no end and [doing so] safe within the doors of his church; fed by his hand the Church will remain steadfast regardless of what all the enemies of Christ would bring her way.
Christians can have hope, Christians can rejoice, Christians can see the great beauty of this text and even the great beauty that would see the Son of God hang on the cross. Not for the condemnation of the whole world but for the salvation there of.
If you take up a girlfriend or you have a boyfriend and the relationship grows violent it's probably a good indicator that things are coming to an end. If the swearing begins to increase, if the blows seem to fly then the time is probably growing short for that relationship. So if the Jews determined to take Mary's son and the Father's son from heaven and put Him on the cross, their chances even in this life are probably coming to a close.
So when Jesus speaks about this glorious invitation but them killing the servants of God and he says the king is angry and sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city how soon did those things come to be a reality for those that took up blows against God's Son. Jerusalem was destroyed, by and large the Jews rejected the Lord Christ in unbelief and the condemnation of the Father in heaven was against them. It's not once saved always saved, people can fall from faith due to the hardness of their hearts and so we ought to pay attention today and be warned. Repent of our sins and our lackadaisical attitudes over against the word of Christ Jesus and then we ought to rejoice that our God has done everything well for us and our salvation, the good and the bad alike and would feast with us, one and all, pious and sinners, though He might be clothing us with the very robes, not of our righteousness, but of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When Jesus is on the cross you see the wrath of God poured out against sinners. It's for the salvation of all who would believe, Jew and Gentile both. But woe to those who do not believe; who would have this wrath poured out on them instead of taking the salvation the Son of God offers to all the world in the forgiveness of sins.
We've probably danced a little too long in the Christian Church and not said it plain like Jesus does Holy Week. The feast is glorious but oh how horrible to be outside the feast where there's utter darkness and the gnashing of teeth. May it not be for any of us or for our children or for our children's children. It's not wise to fight with the Father who is in heaven, who loves us. He's long suffering, He's patient, He endures with those in the Church and their sins, He endures with those in the world who will not believe in him.
He continues to call out to them, He continues to forgive us but it won't go on forever, the time is short, thanks be to God for all who believe. The time is short, how horrible for those who do
So Jesus says it like it is, He would be in an everlasting communion with you, the most profound relationship you have ever known, you will ever know, communion with your God, participation with the son of God who comes with all the holy angels to redeem you. He calls out, He bids, He tenderly invites you to believe. He wants you to be with him. He wants to keep his Church safe and he will do just that, judging those who are outside most horribly and granting the most splendid wedding feast the world has ever known to those who are safe in his keeping.
We do well to pay attention, to fear and to love God and to have a sense of urgency and thankfulness to our lives because the Lord God has prepared a wedding feast for His son and sent His servants to call those invited. May we so come quickly and may the Lord Jesus come quickly to us.
The peace of God which passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
HYMN OF THE DAY:
O LORD, LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN, BEHOLD Martin Luther’s versification and music (in Hypophrygian Mode) of Psalm 12 is a plea to the Lord of the Church to watch and guard Her from false teaching. He is a Lord Who has pity on Her, even though She be small in number (Stanza 1). Though She is beset on all sides by false teachers, within and without, God will have the last word (Stanzas 2 & 3)! When teachers have no care for God and challenge Him, God’s reply is: “I must arise” to help the poor in spirit (Stanza 4). His saving Word fights to defend the poor. That same Word burns away the dross from each Christian, that they live holy lives before God and the nations (Stanza 5). The final stanza (6) is a plea that God would CONTINUE to defend the Church from the evil and to keep Her under the Lord of Her salvation. (Kantor Thomas E. Lock)
Sunday School October Memory Verses:
October 7 – 1 Corinthians 6:20 – “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
October 14 – Job 28:28 - 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'
October 21 – Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light unto my path.”
October 28 – Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”