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Matthew 22:8-10 – After that, the king said to his servants, "The wedding feast is ready. I invited those people, but they were not worthy to come. So go to the street corners and invite everyone you find to come to my feast." So the servants went into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. (NCV)
There is a tree not far from the covered patio behind my parents' house. For years, my mother has taken bread and other food, torn it into small pieces, and thrown it out off the patio. In the morning, there is a blue jay that is sitting in that tree, watching for her to come outside and throw out the food. He then squawks and lets all the other birds know that breakfast has been served. Then birds of different sizes and colours come to see what has been served for breakfast.
Today's Scripture is from a parable Jesus told about a king who was planning a wedding feast for his son. He sent his servants out to invite several groups of people to it, but most of them turned him down, having what they thought were important things to do. So the man told the servants to go out and invite everyone else to the feast.
At the end of the age, God, the High King, will put on a great wedding feast which will be in honour of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is up to us, as His servants, to invite everyone to the feast. We cannot invite just those we think might accept the invitation, but give all a chance of partaking of that great feast.
Let us all be like the blue jay. Let us say — loud and strong: "The feast is prepared! Come to the feast!"
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You for the feast that is being prepared for us. Help us to let everyone know that the feast is prepared and that all are invited. In Your name, we pray. Amen.