Sermon Transcript – Invited to the Wedding Feast

Series A – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Sunday, October 11, 2020 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:28the holy gospel according to saint
0:30matthew the 22nd chapter
0:40again Jesus spoke to them in parables
0:42saying the kingdom of heaven
0:44may be compared to a king who gave a
0:46wedding feast for his son
0:47and sent his servants to call those who
0:49were invited to the wedding feast
0:51but they would not come again he sent
0:53other servants saying
0:55tell those who are invited see i
0:56prepared my dinner my oxen and my fat
0:59calves have been slaughtered everything
1:01is ready come to the wedding feast
1:04but they paid no attention and went off
1:06one to his farm another to his business
1:08while the rest seized his servants
1:10treated them shamefully and killed them
1:12the king was angry sent his troops and
1:14destroyed those murderers and burnt
1:16their city
1:17then he said to his servants the wedding
1:18feast is ready but those invited were
1:20not worthy go therefore to the main
1:22roads and invite to the wedding feast
1:24as many as you find and those servants
1:26went out
1:27into the roads and gathered all whom
1:29they found both bad
1:30and good so the wedding hall was filled
1:32with guests but when the king came to
1:34look at the guests
1:35he saw there a man who had no wedding
1:38garment and said to him
1:40friend how did you get in here without a
1:43wedding garment
1:44and he was speechless then the king said
1:46to the attendants bind him hand and foot
1:48and cast him into outer darkness
1:50in that place there will be weeping and
1:51gnashing of teeth for many are called
1:54but few are chosen this is the gospel of
1:57the lord
1:58in the name of Jesus now you notice our
2:01today takes a very decided turn in in
2:04direction of the eschatological
2:08regarding the last days the big blowout
2:10party at the end of the world
2:12or at the beginning of the new world the
2:14answer is yeah it’s both if you would
2:15think of it that way
2:16and you’re gonna note it’s a wedding
2:18feast and we get a
2:20glimpse of the menu the menu includes
2:22fatted calves
2:24that have been slaughtered oxen that
2:25have been slaughtered isaiah puts it
2:28this way
2:28a feast of rich food feast of well-aged
2:32full of food food full of morrow
2:35well you’re going to note here this this
2:39is not being put on by women dudes are
2:42are the ones who who’ve put this all
2:44together you’ll note that the emphasis
2:46is on the groom
2:47not the bride so we’re talking about a
2:49wedding where there’s barbecue
2:51there’s wine the groom is the focus
2:54you’ll know there’s no discussion here
2:55about what colors they’ve chosen for the
2:57wedding or anything like this
2:59nothing like that so this is kind of a
3:00fascinating thing and keep that in mind
3:02because i mean nowadays
3:04you know everyone’s out there saying
3:05down with the patriarchy
3:07so if that’s your slogan you’re not
3:09going to be thrilled with this
3:10particular wedding feast it has a
3:13male slant to it that’s kind of the
3:16so that being the case let’s work our
3:18way through this text this amazing text
3:21and consider the implications and we’re
3:24going to frame this by
3:25way of law and gospel we’re going to
3:27frame this particular parable
3:29using the third commandment third
3:31commandment remember the sabbath day to
3:33keep it holy luther asked the question
3:35vasastas what does this mean
3:37well the answer is we should fear and
3:39love god so that we do not despise
3:41preaching and his word but gladly
3:45hear and learn it so that’s going to be
3:48our commandment that’ll kind of frame
3:49the law here
3:50and uh we’ll work our way through this
3:52so get again Jesus spoke to them in
3:56he said the kingdom of heaven may be
3:58compared to a king who gave a wedding
4:00for his son and sent his servants to
4:03call those who were invited to the
4:04wedding feast
4:05but they would not come
4:08now you’re going to know in this
4:10particular parable we’re going to see
4:12an allusion to actually mentioned in
4:15type and shadow in in parabolic um
4:18symbols the the ancient people of israel
4:21people who are genetically related to
4:23abraham and you’ll note that in chapter
4:2722 of the gospel of matthew
4:29it’s past its past palm sunday
4:33and there’s just this on going
4:37beating of heads and again the irony
4:40is is that you have the pharisees you
4:43have the temple leaders
4:45you have the sadducees all of them
4:48claiming to worship
4:49the one true god and there he is
4:53in front of them in human flesh
4:56performing great signs and wonders and
4:59the only thing
5:00they are focusing in on is how they can
5:03trap him in his words
5:04so that they can kill him it’s a weird
5:08thing right that you cannot reason with
5:10unbelief that is
5:12the dangers of unbelief the blindness of
5:15it if you would
5:16have false religion and idolatry so
5:18you’ll note
5:19the a-listers the the children of israel
5:22those descended from abraham
5:24they are the first ones to get the
5:27they are the first ones and they
5:30wouldn’t come
5:34that’s odd so again he sent other
5:36servants saying
5:37tell those who are invited you know let
5:39them know what’s on the menu i’ve
5:41prepared my dinner
5:42my oxen my fat calves have been
5:45everything is ready
5:48and think of it this way you get an
5:50invitation from a king i don’t know if
5:51you’ve noticed this but royals have a
5:54when they put out invitations there’s a
5:56little bit of fanfare that goes along
5:58with that
5:59the paper is really nice the ink the
6:02best calligraphers right
6:03maybe even the the the ink itself may be
6:07laced with gold to just kind of make the
6:09point because when we’re talking about a
6:11king who’s inviting you
6:12and you’ll know that in all of our fairy
6:14tales when a king invites the people of
6:17the land
6:18people to come to a wedding feast or to
6:20a party or to a ball
6:21everyone’s like i gotta go i gotta be in
6:23the palace
6:24these people no too busy
6:28so they paid no attention they went off
6:31one to his farm
6:33another to his business while the rest
6:36sees his servants treated them
6:38shamefully and then killed them
6:40which makes no sense i would like to
6:42invite you to the wedding
6:44feast being put on by our king and their
6:47response is
6:48i kill you you dead and then they kill
6:52it just doesn’t make
6:55sense well now
6:59things take a decidedly dark turn
7:02because the king rightfully so
7:04is angry at how those
7:07whom he sent to invite people to the
7:09wedding feast were treated
7:11and the reference there who were these
7:12people who were extending the invitation
7:15well these were the prophets of old
7:17these were the prophets of old
7:19and so you’ll note here is they were
7:21sending out an invitation to the wedding
7:24well what does the invitation really
7:26sound like though by the way
7:27you know what it sounds like repent
7:30repent repent of your sin
7:32repent of your idolatry repent of your
7:34wickedness repent of all of your
7:36worthless ways
7:37be forgiven and pardoned that’s what the
7:40sounds like well they treated the
7:44those inviters those prophets of old
7:47shamefully and even killed them
7:48so the king was angry and you’ll note
7:50that Jesus Christ
7:52the son of god himself was killed by
7:54these same folks the ones who killed the
7:55prophets also killed Jesus
7:58so he’s angry and it says he sent his
8:00troops destroyed those murders and
8:01burned their city
8:02this is a little bit of a veiled
8:04reference if you would to 70 a.d when
8:06god will send the roman legions
8:08to israel who will then besiege the city
8:11of jerusalem
8:13and destroy it and tear down the temple
8:14and burn their city that’s exactly what
8:17so that kind of leaves the next bit of
8:19it and you’ll note that there’s a group
8:21two then he said to his servants well
8:23the wedding feast is ready
8:25those invited were not worthy so go
8:28therefore to the main roads
8:30and invite to the wedding feast as many
8:33as you find all right the a-listers
8:36didn’t want to come that’s fine
8:38we’re still having the party anyway
8:40we’ve already slaughtered the fatted
8:42the food is ready it’s time to bring in
8:45and fill
8:46the wedding hall with guests so you go
8:48and find anybody you can
8:50and now this is a description of well
8:52the Christian church
8:54right and you’re going to know the new
8:56testament believers
8:58new testament israel we well we’re not
9:01exactly described in the best terms
9:03so you’ll note the servants went out
9:05into the roads and they gathered
9:06all whom they found both good and bad
9:10you know that that guy who was running
9:12the shoe shop
9:13over down the street you know the
9:15respectable business guy
9:16he was given the invitation he came well
9:20also the town drunk he was given the
9:22he came and we’ll talk about
9:26the meth heads and the crackheads and
9:28and the prostitutes
9:30and the losers and the floozies and
9:33well they were all invited too and guess
9:36what they showed up
9:39so this is a picture of the Christian
9:40church this is a chris
9:42a picture of the church we’re on the b
9:45if you would but yet we were also
9:47invited now let me
9:49pause there for a second i want you to
9:51consider this in the ancient world
9:53at least in ancient israel you were
9:56a jew or you were a gentile gentile is a
10:00catch-all kind of junk drawer for
10:02everybody else right
10:05has the invitation gone out to everybody
10:07on planet earth
10:10yeah everybody well that rules out
10:14so don’t tell jd hall i said that
10:19right that rules out calvinism the
10:21invitation goes out to
10:22everybody and so what ends up happening
10:26is that now the wedding hall is filled
10:29with guests and then we get this strange
10:32little bit
10:33when the king came in to look at the
10:35guests he saw there
10:38was a man who had no wedding garment
10:41say what say what
10:45you’re gonna know nobody had time to
10:46change clothes or anything like that
10:48they got the invitation immediately
10:50started heading off to the palace
10:51they didn’t have time to change clothes
10:52so what ends up happening at this
10:54particular wedding
10:55well the king himself provides the
10:57wedding garments for the guests
10:59you know the men show up here’s an
11:01armani suit
11:02and we have a tailor who will make sure
11:04that this is made to fit you perfectly
11:06you women you got beautiful dresses here
11:08pick the color that you like and now
11:10we’ll make sure that that fits you as
11:12well they are provided with the best
11:14clothing what is this a picture of well
11:16remember our intro it our intro it
11:20our intro it from psalm 146 verse 2
11:24it says this i will greatly rejoice in
11:26yahweh my soul
11:28shall exult in my god for he has clothed
11:31me with garments of salvation
11:33he has covered me with the robe of
11:39so how on earth does somebody get into
11:41the wedding hall
11:43without a wedding garment on and
11:46consider the disrespect
11:48that this fellow has for the king
11:51all right he’s there for his own
11:53purposes yeah yeah
11:55yeah i know you provided me with wedding
11:56you know with you know with wedding
11:58garments but uh
11:59yeah listen i’ve got my own things to do
12:01here and
12:02and so he continues on
12:06at the wedding in a street clothes and
12:09the king said to him buddy that’s that’s
12:12the better translation of the greek
12:14buddy how’d you get in here without a
12:16wedding garment
12:18now i know the esv says he was
12:20speechless but just a straight
12:22translation of the great
12:23of the greek here is he was silent
12:26he wasn’t made to be silent he was
12:29in other words listen listen i’m not
12:31really interested in talking to you just
12:33kind of ignore the king just remain
12:35and the king said that’s it bind him
12:37hand and foot and cast them out into
12:38outer darkness
12:39in that place there will be weeping and
12:41gnashing of teeth many are called
12:43few are chosen so what are we to make of
12:46all of this
12:47well we have already made it clear that
12:49the call the invitation
12:51is the call to repentance and the
12:53forgiveness of sins
12:54and you’ll know that in the divine
12:56service especially those services where
12:58we partake of the lord’s supper it is
13:01over and again
13:02stated in our liturgy that the lord’s
13:03supper is a foretaste of the feast
13:06to come you see the invitation has
13:09gone out and every time we hear
13:13come and join together for the divine
13:16we are gathering for a sampling if you
13:19would of the feast
13:20that is to come and in a way practicing
13:24practicing for the final invitation
13:26which goes out
13:27where you either respond in faith or you
13:30respond in
13:31indifference or violence
13:34or you have your own agenda you see
13:37what does the commandment say remember
13:39the sabbath day keep it holy
13:41to fear love and trust in god so that we
13:44do not despise
13:46preaching and his word you see when we
13:48are inattentive to the word of god
13:52when we have more important things to do
13:56on the weekend than attend the divine
13:57service to hear the word of god
14:00that’s in a way the same attitude as
14:03some of the a-listers had
14:05when they said yeah yeah yeah i got
14:06other things to do i got to take care of
14:08my farm
14:08i got other business or things like that
14:12or when the invitation of the gospel
14:15and you’re angry and you mistreat
14:18and shamefully persecute those
14:21who deliver the message of the great
14:24news of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus
14:27we’re a lot like the a-listers you’ll
14:29know that’s the case
14:30as for this fellow who shows up to the
14:32wedding fees without a wedding garment
14:35that’s like the people who attend church
14:37because well
14:38they think of it like a country club or
14:41a community center
14:42or they think of the church as a place
14:44where we gather together and the most
14:46important thing that we do at church is
14:50share a you know little orange juice or
14:53coffee in a bar
14:55between the divine service in the sunday
14:58school the most important thing is that
14:59community building stuff
15:01or the fellow who thinks that church is
15:03a great place where he can network his
15:06he doesn’t have any faith in Jesus he’s
15:08not covered in the robe
15:09of righteousness he’s there for his own
15:13he’s disrespecting the king who has
15:15invited him
15:17and disrespecting the whole purposes for
15:19which the feast is being put on in the
15:21first place
15:22and then when you kind of look at it
15:23with the third commandment in
15:25mind you recognize you know here’s the
15:28issue with this
15:30is that each and every one of us are
15:32still tempted along these lines
15:34each and every one of us are tempted to
15:37to the kind invitation of god the father
15:41to the wedding feast of the lamb with
15:44to be inattentive to hearing his word to
15:46think we got more important things to do
15:48on a saturday or a sunday
15:50more important things than study his
15:52word and gladly hear and learn it
15:54you know i mean after all you know it if
15:57i just show up
15:58to church you know every few weeks
16:01you know maybe at Christmas and easter
16:03you know that’s all that matters you
16:05know because
16:06i don’t want to be so heavenly minded
16:08that i’m no earthly good
16:10you can hear this this these are the
16:12this is the internal dialogue that each
16:13and every one of us are tempted to have
16:15and that’s the problem that’s the issue
16:19and you’ll note that Christ himself he
16:21himself has bled and died
16:23for our indifference to his word
16:25indifference to the invitation or even
16:27anger at the call to repentance
16:29he is also he is also bled and died
16:33for our disrespecting of him and god the
16:37in all the ways in which we have
16:40well come to church not to hear his word
16:43but for our own agendas
16:46and he is the one who went to the cross
16:48and carried our sins upon him
16:50and god punished him in our place Jesus
16:54was sent into darkness
16:58from 12 in the afternoon until three at
17:00his death
17:01the sun did not give its light while
17:04Christ bled and died for these sins of
17:07all of our breaking of the third
17:08commandment and other
17:10commandments Christ was in the darkness
17:14languishing suffering bleeding dying so
17:17that we would not have to be sent
17:19into outer darkness where there is
17:20weeping and gnashing of teeth
17:22without end and so you’ll note then
17:26that this is again a call to repentance
17:29a call for us to repent
17:31to acknowledge our sinfulness
17:35and cry out to god in mercy and note he
17:37will give it
17:38you see as isaiah said
17:42regarding what is coming god himself
17:46will swallow up on this mountain on
17:47mount zion the covering that is cast
17:50over all peoples
17:51the veil that has spread over all
17:52nations he will swallow up death forever
17:56and the lord god he himself will wipe
17:58away tears from all faces
18:00and the reproach of his people he will
18:02take away from all of the earth
18:04the lord yahweh himself has spoken and
18:06it will be said on that day behold this
18:09is our god we have waited for him so
18:12that he might save us
18:14you see along with the wedding feast of
18:16the lamb we finally get to see god with
18:18our own eyes
18:19and on that day that great day the day
18:22we are waiting for now
18:24the day that we partake in a foretaste
18:28of today finally we will see god face to
18:33that he might save us this is the lord
18:35we have waited for him
18:37so let us be glad and rejoice in his
18:40Christ has been crucified so that we can
18:47i don’t think i can end off on a better
18:49note than that
18:50in the name of Jesus amen
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