Many years ago, my wife and I were attending a dinner celebration with my former group. It was a lavish affair, held in a beautiful hotel in Newport Beach. Everyone was resplendently dressed as we celebrated our group’s anniversary with an evening of music and dance, leaving all of us in an exceptionally jovial spirit, still dancing as we were exiting toward the lobby. As we were departing, my wife and I passed another celebration, a wedding reception. Curious, I peeked in and saw that their evening was just getting started with a live band blaring a driving dance beat!
“Come on!” I grabbed my wife’s hand and sneaked into reception and on to the dance floor. Yep! We were wedding crashers. Why not? We dressed the part and after a festive celebration with my group, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to continue the revelry. After dancing a few songs, we sat down at a nearby table occupied by another couple.
“Hi!” I said, pretending to blend in.
The man looked at me with a curious gaze, paused a few moments, then said, “Paul?”
We both recognized each other at that moment.
“Jake!” I exclaimed. “What are you doing here? I thought you were in Seattle?”
“I went to college with the groom and flew down for the weekend. And you? Are you friends with the bride or the groom?”
I looked at my wife who was not going to give me any assistance with this one.
“Uhhh….” I sheepishly began. “Neither!”
“We were at a dinner party in the next room and we were passing by and we….er, I mean I thought it would be fun to crash the party.”
The next week, I received an email from my cousin in Seattle. “Heard you crashed the Chang’s wedding. You’re crazy!” I forgot that Jake knew my cousin as well. It seems my crime was going viral.
Crashing a wedding. The last thing I expected was to see people I know!
But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ”Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 22:11-14 (ESV)
A wedding is a celebration for friends and family who sincerely wish to be there to celebrate the marriage of the bride and groom. Although I knew guests there, I was a pretender; I was still intruding. Someday, there will be a celestial wedding when our Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to begin His Millennium reign. All believers will be invited to share in the marriage of Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church. In attendance, there will also be intruders, people who are masquerading as believers but have denied Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is a sobering and chilling reminder that God has extended His grace and mercy to mankind for thousands of years but there will be a final day of reckoning. On this day, it will not matter whether you were raised in a Christian family or even attended Church or Bible studies. Just knowing about God or associating with other Christians is not enough for salvation. You will be the wedding guest who was not properly clothed in the sanctifying garments of Jesus. God will no have choice but to shut the door to Heaven to anyone who has not given their lives to Jesus Christ.
It does not have to be this way. There is still time for you to confess and repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. And when you do, you will no longer be a wedding crasher but a blessed member of the Church, the Bride of Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.