A banquet! I don’t know about you, but I feel very honored if I’m ever invited to a banquet. Even an invitation to a simple dinner is an honor. We didn’t have a banquet yesterday but we had a party to celebrate Sarah’s birthday, which will be this week. One has to take advantage of Saturdays.
The cake her mother made for the little one
turning four years old
My daughter has bad experiences with birthday parties, depending on what you consider “bad.” It happened this year again. Of course, with children you never know. One family came down with stomach flu, so they couldn’t come. Another family promised to come and didn’t show up, and they didn’t even call! But we had a good time with the faithful cousins who every year come to the parties. Even another little friend came. But one time for David and Lana’s birthday no one showed up.
I hope we are the only ones who have this experience with “no shows.” In my book it’s disrespectful to accept an invitation and then not show up. It’s not so bad when you haven’t prepared a big dinner. My mother had some of these experiences. One time we waited for hours for a guest. The food got cold. She warmed it up. Then finally we just sat down and had our meal without the guest.
When my father married again after my mother’s passing, he and his bride had invited over 100 people for a sit-down dinner. Many accepted the invitation but then didn’t show up. Dad had to pay for all the empty places. That hurts, especially if you have a tight budget.
These “no shows” are nothing compared to the banquet of the ages, yet to come.
God has sent out an invitation for a banquet in Heaven but many ignore it. Jesus told about it in a story:
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Matthew 22:1-14, NIV
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend ?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
You and I are invited to the Wedding Banquet. Jesus himself came to earth and offered his life as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. He opened the way for us to live with God in Heaven for eternity. We are not worthy of such an invitation. Even so, many reject it.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev 22:17)
Have you accepted the invitation to the banquet in Heaven?
If you have questions concerning the invitation, contact me by leaving a comment and I will get back to you.