Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser, Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
Based on Personal Evangelism Notes from Apostle Andre Pelser while at Miracle Valley Bible College, June 1973, adapted for 21st century thinking.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
Mat 22:1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:
Mat 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
Mat 22:3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
Mat 22:4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ‘
Mat 22:5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.
Mat 22:6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.
Mat 22:7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Mat 22:8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
Mat 22:9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
Mat 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Mat 22:11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
Mat 22:12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Mat 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
One of the most wonderful things in life is to receive an invitation. It may be to a birthday party, which is what you look forward to as a child. Later it becomes invitation to dances and then to graduations. Invitations take on different forms as you mature and they become important momentum builders in your social rise. Weddings of friends and family are wonderful invitations to receive because it reminds you of the important moments in your life.
Then someone invites you to hear about God and to invite Jesus into your heart.
This seems like an intrusion into your invitation sequence. Hang on, aren’t I supposed to go somewhere when I am invited. Now I have to invite someone to live in side of my spirit? How does this work?
Here are five invitations to consider
1. Invitation to transfer your cares. Do you know that Jesus invites you to cast the cares of your life onto Him because He cares for you? Wouldn’t it be great to continually offload your daily cares onto someone like Jesus?
1Pe 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
2. Invitation to trust. Can I invite you to transfer the trust of your life to the Lord Jesus?
Isa 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
3. Invitation to rediscover life. Are there areas in your life that Jesus could resurrect today?
Joh 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
4. Invitation to rescue your true self. Would you allow Jesus into your heart to rescue you from any inner conflict and hurts of the past?
Luk 4:18 “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED;
Luk 4:19 TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
5. Invitation of Love. If someone loved you so much that they would give their life for you, how would you rate that person’s love for you? You have an invitation to benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, which means there is redemption for all our sins, if we accept His standing invitation to accept Him as Lord and Saviour.
Joh 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
6. Invitation to change your direction. Would you receive an invitation to change your direction in life and follow the principles of Jesus that was compassionate, flexible and non-judgmental, but forgiving towards sinners?
Luk 5:23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?
Luk 5:24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
Luk 5:25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
Luk 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”
Prayer to accept the Invitation
If the answers of any of the questions above is yes, then would you consider inviting Jesus into your life by saying a simple prayer?
Lord Jesus, I accept all the invitations you have made for me to love and trust you with my life, please accept me as I am and forgive all the things I have done wrong towards others and towards God. I invite you to be Lord of my life and confess that you are my Lord and Saviour in all categories of life. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and that You rose again on the third day. Fill me with your spirit and let me be born again into a new life. Breathe life into every part of my spirit, soul and body and give me the peace I desire, the joy of living and the ability to live right before you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.