Jesus compares God’s heavenly Kingdom to wedding banquet a king prepared for his son in Matthew 22:2. Many people invited agreed to come but on the banquet day all refused to attend in verses 4-5 giving many excuses. Some of the king’s servants were mistreated or killed in some cases in verse 6. The king sent his army to avenge death of servants in verse 7 extends invitations to anyone servants found so the wedding hall is full in verses 8-10. During feast the king noticed one man was not wearing wedding clothes in verse 11 but had no answer why so is thrown out from the feast “into outer darkness of weeping and gnashing of teeth in verses 12-13. Jesus ends with statement “Many called, invited but few chosen” in verse 14. One said he bought piece of land he went to see in verse 18. Another bought oxen on the way to yoke them in verse 19. Another gave excuse he was newly married so could not come in verse 20. The master of the house heard excuses was angry told servants to go to on streets, alleyways and invite “the poor, crippled, blind and lame” in verse 21.The KING is Father God and HIS Son honoured at banquet is Jesus Christ who came to save but many do not receive him in John 1:11. God sends invitation to all people but some reject Jesus as LORD so refuse to believe in Him. Many prophets, including John the Baptist and disciples murdered in Matthew 14:10. The KING’S anger, wrath, vengeance, desolation in Revelations is on all who reject salvation in Jesus, judged in Hebrews 10:29-31. Their deliberate choice to reject God’s offer by freewill choice in Luke 13:34 by excuses of permissive will of God permanently left God’s Heavenly Kingdom. The wedding invitation extends to everyone, total strangers, good, bad who “did not deserve to come in accept WORD of God sent to all not worthy of eternal life” in Acts 13:46). So GOSPEL MESSAGE Jesus taught, available to all to come just as they are. Garments of righteousness clothes people washed in the BLOOD of the LAMB. Acceptance of Jesus and repentance in HIS Blood is the means Lamb uses to makes all worthy to boldly enter PRESENCE of the KING. So to refuse to put on garment of righteousness provided means wearing old clothes unfit for the purpose of the banquet celebration. Jesus teaches conditional offer KING is obedience to HIS standard requirements to meet criteria of submission to God. God’s righteousness in Philippians 3:9 provides salvation to cover multitude of sins of filthy rags in Isaiah 64:6. Adam and Eve’s sin God took away, replaced with the skins of sacrificed animals in Genesis 3:7, 21. And in Revelation 7:14 God provides heavenly white robes washed in the BLOOD of the Lamb. The KING God provides a wedding garment of salvation for all mankind but some want things done their own way. The WAY of God is the Cross of Christ HIS only way to salvation in John 14:6. Those who refuse to submit to God’s WAY thrown out into the darkness. God sends them into an “outer darkness” eternally as Christ said, “many are invited but few are chosen.” So invitations extends to all people to hear call of God but many reject it. The world rejects Jesus so some people don’t celebrate His salvation. God judges thems as a result of their own choice to approve of rejection of Christ with dire consequences. Kingdom of heaven demands all put away their own old garments by faith to accept righteousness God provides in Christ. All those who reject God’s gift of salvation for their own “good” works will spend eternity in hell. Those who mock or ridicule God’s salvation plan by a self-righteous rejection miss Jesus cross of Calvary VICTORY. God wants all to make sure to receive God’s salvation plan to put on new garments and not retain old filthy garments of sin in God’s PRESENCE. God’s desire is seek to dwell in the HOUSE of the LORD all the days of life to behold the beauty of the LORD and enquire in HIS Temple. In time of trouble HE hides in HIS pavilion in HIS secret tabernacle and sets upon the ROCK of Ages and lifts up above enemies round about. And so offer in HIS tabernacle sacrifices of joy, sing, yes sing praises to the LORD Most High in Jesus Name says Psalms 27:4-6.
In John 11: 35 Jesus wept over Lazarus’ death He subdued and then defeated at Calvary. Jesus loves to save all who receive Him and repent to be saved in the Kingdom of God. Christ’ significant victory over death is life in eternity with Him so does not want anyone to perish. Christ is seated at the Right Hand of God interceding for you for God’s mercy and forgiveness and His gift of eternal life. God is patient for a reason and a season as Loving Father to let in those who accept Christ. like anything with sell by date deadline time runs out as God’s timing is getting nearer. God is merciful, forgiving, wants all to trust Him to have confidence in Him as His Children to avoid hell so still pleading. As a Loving, Merciful father, Full of Compassion God warns, repent to be saved from hellfire.
God loves you and wants all to be saved. Christ is crying over you to accept him, repent before it is too late to be saved from hell fire. Christ will reappear in great wrath eventually to destroy all His enemies, who will not let him Reign and over them. God will punish and deal with despiser of His Gospel in judgment.
There is no exit point to transfer from hell into heaven because is it too far apart and too late. Accept Christ speaking from heaven with infinite tenderness and love to rescue the perishing before it is too late. Yet world promotes sin indulged flesh as lovers of pleasure more than LOVERS OF GOD. Wakie! Wakie! If the trumpet sounds are you saved and ready for rapture, safe, with Christ? It is not too late to choose to accept Christ to repent to change lifestyle. Signs and events are showing you need to be saved as the Child of God to belong to His Kingdom.Printed T shirt’s advertise God’s love salvation message loudly and clearly to hear God. Your soul is more precious than all assets of world put together, priceless, paid for by Christ Jesus so repent and be saved. Life is going in a fast pace as world events reveal the end time prophecies coming to pass daily. Repent means accept Christ and change your ways, be baptized, faithfully live for God, be light to the world. It is easy to obey and trust God, ask for strength and self-disciple to focus more on God as a believer. The Holy Spirit will take control of your life to guide, help and teach you to follow God better in the Name of Jesus. Come just as you are God loves you and will save your soul.Christ will return when God decides time and moment. Only God Knows precise time and moment so redeem the times. Do not take time for granted because 1000 years is like 1 day in God’s Eyes and 1 day is like 1000 years to God. Are you in God’s Kingdom and ready for Saviour Jesus Christ’s in rapture? Red moon signs shows believers be alert.
May the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ bring peace, joy and happiness to you all and your family in Jesus Name.
John looked and saw a great multitude none can count from all nations tribes, people and languages standing before Throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands saying with loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on Throne and the Lamb in Revelation 7:9-10. Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world on the Cross. He paid to ransom people for God from all tribes, languages, peoples, nations in Revelation 5:9. Christ suffered and died to give victory to old martyrs of Revelation 6:11 given white robe told to wait for the Great tribulation martyrs in 3:4 whose robes are made white in the BLOOD of the Lamb in 7:14. Christ’s death on the Cross for sinners cleans all sins in 1 John 1:7. With palm branches in their hands enjoy joyous celebrations in the PRESENCE of God and the Lamb of God. Their robes are made white in BLOOD of the Lamb, Christ’s death and resurrection against God’s Wrath repent of sins. Believe in Lord Jesus Christ from all nationalities or cultural backgrounds join together by love of God and Jesus. Give your life to Jesus Christ and invite Him to take control of your life, repent and ask Jesus to forgive all your sins in Jesus Name with thanks and Glory to God Almighty.
Inner peace joy in Christ brings contentment to fulfil what the Bible says to learn to be content ‘in all circumstances.’ The bigger car or a bigger house or a bigger salary brings contentment with responsibility. There will always be something ‘bigger and better’ out there. There will always be people who have more so you’ll never be able to get off the treadmill. That is not to imply be satisfied with enslaved debt or destructive habits, or settle for complacency and mediocrity. To fulfil the call of God on your life you must keep working to improve yourself, while totally dependent on God to bless you, promote you, and meet your needs through the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name.Contentment means making the most of your strength, position, possessions and personality. Your inner peace, security and self-worth should be based on who you are in Christ, not what you have in material assets. The Godly great way to live is be blessed yet focused on Blesser. Paul lived and learned…to be content in all circumstances happy with a little as with much. He found recipe to be happy whether full or hungry even on empty stomach. Whatever or wherever issues faced make it through it all by the help of God in Christ who strengthens you.Each day is a choice to make regarding attitude to life and learn to be content. Paul was content in all circumstances at peace within but external observations show otherwise in Philippians 4:11. He arose above the outward circumstances that depress and destroy others to look up to God to keep him in perfect peace that passes all human understanding so overcame adversities. The Spirit of God in man uplifts to seat supernaturally in heavenly places beyond the cares or the woes of this world. So endured the pain and trauma to face tomorrow against all odds in Jesus Name.
For me ‘to live is Christ’ Philippians 1:21 is central focus of the Christian life. This statement points directly to Christ at the heart of the Gospel Message to Churches in Christ. To be like Jesus all through life journey from earth to Glory was Paul’s encouragement to the believers is, focus more on Jesus. First and foremost, “First Love” Christ in Revelations 2:4-5 says be “hot” in Christ for first love of Christian is Love is First for Christ. Our love must be expressed with passion actively seen as living sermon with personal intimate relationship with God in Christ Jesus. In Christ we live, move and have our being as Acts 17:28 says. God’s offspring joint-heirs with Christ First Born of Creation is to reflect Christ in the believer’s life. So set apart for God as a peculiar people saved by God’s Grace desperately need Saviour as anchor of hope secured only to Christ Master Captain of our life ship. Good success, spiritually or emotionally and physically requires a complete faith in God. Trust Jesus is with us always to end of the age as citizens of heaven, in the world but not of the world. So Paul preached the SACRIFICE of Jesus’ Blood to save people from all walks and ranks of life. Encourages us, “To live is Christ” by imitating Example of Christ, to do as Jesus did. Christian believers are to be like Jesus like Paul did, the Church is to follow the Godly Example of Jesus. Paul followed the Example of Christ in 1 Corinthians 11:1 shares Gospel Message of Jesus in living history to save people in the Kingdom of God. So “To live is Christ” is the daily pursue knowledge of Christ to get to know Christ better as a personal Friend. To understand Christ and know POWER of Resurrection of Christ in our heart as the focus of our goals and desires. Love of Christ is at center of our mind, heart, body and soul to live for Christ’s Glory. Christ is more precious, priceless, worth more than gold, silver, ruby, diamonds. Fixing our eyes on Christ is above all the things to run the race to win the prize to lay aside the entangling sin and worldly distractions. To fix eyes on Christ Jesus in Hebrews 12:1-2 means our life makes things of the world grow strangely dim.22 In Athens, Paul stood on the Mars hill and said, ‘Men of Athens I see that in all things you are too superstitious. 23 As I passed by and saw your devotion to the altar with inscription, ‘To An Unknown God,’ you worship, HIM I declare to you. 24 God made the world and all things in it as LORD of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands. 25 And worshipped by mankind, God Almighty gives life breath to all things. 26 And HE made of one blood all nations to dwell on all the face of the earth, determines the times appointed and boundaries of their habitation. 27 That all should seek the LORD and find HIM although seems far from us. 28 For in him we live, and move and have our being; as your poets said, we are HIS offsprings. 29 Children of God do not think of the Godhead like gold, silver, stone graven by art as man devices. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked in past now commands all people to repent. 31 God appointed a day HE will judge the world in righteousness by the man Jesus Christ HE ordained and gave the assurance HE raised Jesus from death. 32 When they heard of resurrection of the dead some mocked and others said, “We will hear you again on this matter. 33 Paul left the city but 34 certain men held onto his teaching and believed and among them, Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris and others with them. “To live is Christ” is the essential lifeline of Christian faith on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ is the ONLY Saviour who rise from death and so His grave is empty unlike all religions. Jesus Reigns and lives in heaven. Christ is the Only person to OVERCOME death in history to gives Christians the assurance of life after death. Eternal life is guaranteed by Jesus’ Resurrection to believers in Christ to live in heaven. The participation in the Resurrection of Christ from death in Philippians 3:10-11 means “To live is Christ” to gain an eternal life in heaven. So Paul understands having Jesus Christ has superseded all his material things in life. Paul’s testimony, since saved, ‘is to gain’ knowledge in Jesus Christ his Lord who for His sake lost things considered garbage. Paul gained Christ so found in Lord Jesus the promise of Eternal life in Philippians 3:7-9. Paul knew Lord Jesus in Mark 10:29-30 says sacrifice for Jesus’ sake will be repaid in the hundredfold. Paul preached Christ’s Resurrection, “To live is Christ” and to proclaim a Gospel Message of Christ Toured synagogues, the seaside resorts, prisons was apostle and tent maker. Paul’s constant message was Jesus Christ and Him crucified, in 1 Corinthians 2:2. Paul shared the Gospel Message of Christ’s Blood sacrifice to all people in walks and ranks of life kings, included the soldiers, statesmen, priests, philosophers, Jews, Gentile, wo/men. To Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain to share joys of heaven central to Christian life. Paul looked forward to seeing Jesus Christ after his conversion but advances knowledge of Gospel to Church of Christ to bring Glory to Jesus Christ. He wrote many books in the New Testament and preached to all who listened. “To live is Christ” is live in Christ for Christ on the earth and in eternal life. The Rapture of Jesus and His Second Coming millennial Reign in Jerusalem is assured optimism and eternal hope of Christian believers.