“But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.”
– Matthew 22:5
Jesus was speaking a parable about a wedding feast. It was a picture of how the Jews of Israel rejected John the Baptist, the witness of the twelve, and Jesus the Messiah. In this parable, Jesus even shares the future destruction of Israel, as a result of their denial. The accusation was that they did not take the warnings seriously and went back to living their normal daily lives. They were so busy with the cares and concerns of this world that they missed the invitation to the next.
Jesus goes on and shares how the advance invitations to guests were denied. Servants were then sent out to invite everyone to the wedding, both good and bad, giving us an exciting scene. The message of salvation now was going out to anyone who would hear and respond. The news was going out to the Gentiles, and this was unheard of to the Jew. However, it was only unheard of if you were not paying attention. God’s favor was foretold in the Old Testament by the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 49:6).
The plan of salvation has always been for everyone. That plan began in Genesis, and we see it start to unfold in Exodus. God created a Nation that was promised to Abraham and led by Moses. The Tabernacle was placed in the center of camp as a reminder that God dwelt among the people. He created the priesthood. Atonement was then done through the casting of sins onto an animal, then its blood was shed. He created Israel because He needed a country to bring forth the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus said, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Does that concern you? Does that statement of Jesus make you wonder if you are chosen? Someone showed up at the wedding that day without the customary garments. That person decided they wanted to attend but did not want to adhere to the prescribed attire. As a result, they were bound and cast out into the darkness. This person was unable to attend on his own terms. He was called to the wedding feast but not chosen because he chose not to participate in the way that was designed and appropriate.
How do you know if you are chosen to be saved and spend eternity in heaven with the Lord? It is straightforward. You know if you are selected when you understand who Jesus is, and you repent of your sins and accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. You are called, and Jesus has chosen you, but have you received Him and His invitation? You cannot attend the party if you try to come in your own way. Who do you say Jesus is?
“All who respond to the good news are chosen. The only way a person can tell whether he is chosen is by what he does with the Lord Jesus Christ.”
– William MacDonald