Clothed in Righteousness!

Matthew 22:8-14

The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come (for they refused to come) so, go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find… and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, how did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend? The man was speechless. 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. For many are invited, but few are chosen.

The deciduous trees are clothed in the most beautiful hues of red and orange this year. The leaves are so rich and vibrant in color they look as though God had taken his paintbrush to them personally, giving them a surreal glow.

That’s how I feel sometimes clothed in God’s righteousness; surreal. The Lords story of the wedding banquet sums it up so well. With just a short parable, a few sentences, he explains God’s plan of salvation for all people. Jesus said, those the Lord invited (the Jewish people) were not worthy to come, so he invited all people to come. But we were no more worthy or deserving to enter God’s presence then the people that had refused to come; so Jesus made a way for us, by offering his own wedding clothes, to cover our filthy rags. Who but Jesus can cover our sin with his righteousness? No one!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, how grateful and thankful I am to be invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb. I was and still am unworthy of your great love and mercy to me, but through Jesus my Savior, I know I am forgiven and cleansed before you, as I stand clothed in your righteousness. I pray that my life brings you glory and honor, not only because it is your due, but because I love you. Amen.

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