The 21st through the 28th chapters of Matthew framed the last week of Christ’s time on earth. There is special meaning in the actions and teachings of Jesus in that significant week.
33 years as flesh on earth, and 3 years of teaching culminated that week. By chapter count, over 28% of Matthew’s chronicle of Jesus is on that one week. Mark is over 31% and Luke 26%. Nearly 48% of the book of John is on that one extraordinary week.
There are 2 parables of Jesus related to weddings and banquets in Luke 14 (prior to passion week) and one in Matthew 22 (during that extreme week). In each of those parables, Jesus talked of two primary groups of invitees; the friends and connections of the king (Jews) and the disconnected masses (Gentiles).
The first two familiar pools of people, consistent in each parable, concluded similar to the parable Jesus told in Matthew, “So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”[i]
However, Jesus then added a third and significant category in Matthew’s account. He said, “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’.” [ii]
Consider the disposition of the man Jesus described. He was among the bad and good identified in the 10th verse. But this arrogant fellow had no intentions of changing. He refused to alter his appearance to align with the purpose of honoring the king’s son.
Think About it;
The kingdom is for all; both good and bad. But there was, and is now, an element of society that are (whether Jew or Gentile, good or bad), unwilling to conform to The King’s ethos. They come dressed in their own clothes of rebellion. They wear that rebellion with arrogance, proclaiming their sin acceptable. Their only intention is evil.
Related to the life application of this spiritual lesson, you just may be the one called to tie them hand and foot and throw them out.
[ii]Matthew 22:11-13 (NIV)