What Jesus Did! 'Standards Are Not Forgotten' — Matthew 22:11-14

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Then the king came in to see all the people. The king saw a man there that was not dressed in the right clothes for a wedding. The king said, 'Friend, how were you allowed to come in here? You are not wearing the right clothes for a wedding.' But the man said nothing. So the king told some servants, 'Tie this man's hands and feet. Throw the man out into the darkness. In that place, people will cry and grind their teeth {with pain}.' Yes, many people are invited. But only a few are chosen."
— Matthew 22:11-14 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 22:11-14 NLT — "Then the king came in to see all the people."

Key Thought

God is gracious. God longs for all people to come to repentance and find his love and grace and joy! God sent his Son to the world to die for sinners. But, God is still God. He is holy, righteous, and just. He cannot tolerate evil and will not abide sin. Just because he has lavished grace does not mean he has forgotten evil, sin, and the putrid things that Satan unleashes on the world through those who do his will. While the world may think it wants a softer God, one who tolerates evil in people and does not hold us accountable for the transgressions we commit, deep down we know better. God's grace will save us, but not all receive that grace. Jesus' death will pardon us, but not all call on Jesus as Lord and Savior. When people will not recognize the grace available to them and live for Christ, they come to his wedding feast in the rags and filth of sin and rebellion. The Father sees this insult as disgusting as a refusal to come at all!

Today's Prayer

O mighty and holy Father, thank you for all you have done to invite me to your feast of joy and love. Thank you for the price Jesus paid to make my inclusion at this great banquet even possible. Please fill me with your Spirit as I try to live for you in ways that bring you glory and honor the sacrifice Jesus made to include me. In Jesus' precious and holy name I offer my thanks. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Rev. 22:12-16
  • Matt. 7:21-23
  • Rev. 22:5-8


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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