Responding Daily to the Gracious Invitation?
Matthew 22:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Wed. September 23 - Matthew 22:7 Many people do not like to believe that God would destroy anyone. They especially do not like the idea of God destroying people who have never heard about Jesus. But notice the context of this parable. Jesus describes the destruction of distinguished guests who refused not one, but two gracious invitations to the wedding feast. Some of those notable guests even “shot the messengers” which would be an act of treason against the king. So, who is being “destroyed” for this rebellion? We are! All of us who reject the king’s free invitation everyday. We all try to live on our own and have our own way. We hold grudges. We lash out in anger. We act selfishly. That is what must be destroyed. Our sinful selves must die in order to rise to new life in Christ. As Luther said, this dying and rising happens daily, so that we might respond to the gracious invitation through faith in Jesus.