My daughter is going to a special event this weekend, so she and I have been out this evening buying a new dress, shoes and accessories for the occasion. While it is not a black-tie event, it is still an occasion that demands fine clothing. Appropriate dress shows respect to the host of the event.
Jesus tells a parable about a man invited to a wedding who came to the ceremony without proper attire. Because his clothing did not honor the celebration or give respect to the host, he was thrown out of the party (Matthew 22).
When we try to come before God without the righteousness of Christ in our lives, we are like this guest who belittled the sanctity of the wedding by wearing inappropriate clothes. To insist that our sinful nature can enter the banquet room of God and participate in the wedding of the Lamb is foolishness and will be met with God’s righteous anger. God, the host of the heavenly banquet, has determined the dress code for His guests. Unless the guest is wearing Christ’s righteousness, he will be banished from the feast.
When by faith we come to Christ’s cross and receive His righteousness, forgiveness and justification, we are properly clothed to enter the kingdom of God and share in the heavenly banquet. When we believe in His name, He imparts His righteousness to us through the Holy Spirit, so we will be appropriately clothed for life in the presence of God.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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