“My oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” – Matthew 22:4
In Jesus Christ’s parable of the marriage feast, a king sends his servants to “call those … invited to the wedding” of his son (Matthew 22:3). Twice they refuse the invitation. Some “make light of it” and go their own ways, “one to his farm, another to his business” (22:5). Others mistreat and kill the servants (22:6). When the king hears about it, he sends his army to destroy the murderers and burn their city (22:7). Then he invites people from “the highways” in their place because “the wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy” (22:8-10). In this parable, Jesus is addressing Jews who reject him because of unbelief and persecute his servants. Gentiles are replacing them through faith.
After two thousand years, little has changed. Most people still refuse God’s invitation to the wedding of Jesus Christ – “the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). They refuse to become members of his bride, the church (19:7-8). However, as more people from the highways – Jews, homosexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts, actors, etc – repent and believe, churched unbelievers “make light of” God’s invitation; they care only about business and entertainment (Matthew 22:5). So when the pastor gives an altar call, they ignore him and walk away. Some even persecute believers.
For millennia, God has been offering people his best. In the words of a Hallmark slogan, he “cares enough to send the very best.” That best is his Son Jesus Christ. The Jesus package includes a crown, which we’ll lay at his feet, and an eternal home in the New Jerusalem – streets of gold, walls of jasper, and the river and tree of life (John 14:2-3, Revelation 19-22). We’ll even “live and reign with Christ for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4). All we have to do, here on earth, is confess and repent of our sins and believe Jesus paid the price for them on the cross. Then we’ll be forgiven, converted, and adopted. Rejecting Jesus, however, has a terrible price: eternity in a lake of fire (20:15).
Accepting God’s best seems easy. So why do most people refuse him, caring only about worldly things that will be burned up one day? Why do they choose to accept, sometimes actively, an eternal destiny in hell? The answer is simple. People are born with a sinful nature, so they naturally don’t believe. They’re attracted to darkness, not light; sin, not holiness; and self, not God. Instead of eating his “oxen and fatted cattle,” most people would rather chase other gods – Allah, Buddha, fame, materialism, power, etc – and eat the spiritual vomit of sin (Matthew 22:4).
This scenario sounds like moral insanity, and it is. But refusal of God’s best in the form of Jesus Christ is a daily reality here on earth, where Satan reigns. Without spirit-led prayer, no one can change it. A few of God’s servants will be received and a few people will repent and believe, but most will turn away. Jesus is still calling. What will you do?
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling, O sinner, come home
– “Softly and Tenderly” (Will Thompson)
 New King James Version, unless otherwise noted