From Lynda Lindsey
Jesus, telling the parable of the wedding feast: “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend, he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.” Matthew 22:8-12
Zechariah’s vision of Joshua, the high priest, standing before the angel of the Lord:
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.” Zechariah 3:3-4
No one would dare arrive at a joyous wedding celebration wearing ragged, soiled garden clothes. Just so in Bible times there was a definite protocol for wedding guests. In those days when a king’s son married, the king provided wedding garments for the attendees. To refuse to wear the wedding robe would have been a deliberate insult to the king. Jesus’ audience, listening to the parable, would have understood that the refusal of the invited guest to don the wedding robe was an intentional affront. The man rejected the king’s offer of a new garment and was subsequently thrown out of the celebration.
Joshua, a high priest of God, was ministering in Jerusalem after his return from Babylonian captivity. In Zechariah’s vision Satan attacks and accuses Joshua of sin, even while God offers mercy, grace and forgiveness to Joshua. God assures Joshua that his sins are removed just like his filthy clothes. God then clothed Joshua in new, rich garments, signifying that once we’ve received pardon we are clean and made new.
We are invited into God’s kingdom and into a relationship with Jesus Christ. There is salvation in no other name. The problem? God is righteous and holy but we are not. We lack the proper attire. The solution? Exchange our dirty rags for the King’s rich robe of righteousness. Admit sin and guilt. Let the shed blood of Jesus flow in a cleansing stream. Accept His pardon and joyously enter the celebration! You’ll be glad you did for all eternity!