Although most of you may not ne able to personally relate in the same way to this story, I trust that there will be some example in your own life where you can at least identify with the sentiment.
One day, while I was in highschool, as we laughed and I carried on in the joys of adolescence with my friends, the laughter came to an abrupt stop when two police officers entered the classroom.
They quietly spoke to the teacher, who then signalled for me to come to the hallway.
The class grew silent and my heart began to sink into my stomach as I got up from my seat and walked toward the hallway door.
So many crimes I had long forgotten about and thought I had gotten away with came rushing back to my thoughts immediately. Something had been uncovered, and the police were now there to place me under arrest.
I remember vividly and intimately what it felt like to be escorted out of the school through its hallways, into the back seat of a police car and down to the station.
If this picture only serves as a glimpse of something that could be exceedingly worst by comparison, I use it to earnestly implore you to consider very carefully and make wise decisions concerning the paths you are currently travelling upon.
In Scripture, Jesus spoke far more frequently about hell than he ever did about heaven.
And contrary to how some teach the subject to lambaste the unbelieving world, most of Jesus’s teachings regarding hell were actually directed towards… Believers.
One of which I’d like to share with you today:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. (the Jews)
“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.’
“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ (an invitation to the entire world)
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.
“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.”
This man without a wedding robe represents someone who pretends to accept the invitation to God’s covenant, but then refuses the invitation by their actions.
There is only one appropriate and acceptable covering that God has provided for His guests:
“the blood of the Lamb!”
But it is only applied to our lives by true repentance, (a complete turning away from sin) and through faith in Christ.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus says to the church in Sardis:
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. *The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.* I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Lord, if there is any way in us that is unpleasing to your sight, give us wisdom, give us clarity, remove the blinding spiritual fog of sin from our eyes, and strengthen us by your Spirit to put it to death!
We long to be clothes in your perfection. If there’s anyone who feels like they’re struggling alone, raise up your servant to walk beside them. Pour out encouragement and every grace into their hearts that welcomes them to come to you and be washed.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, Majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages,now and forevermore!
Trust ♔ Jesus!