HEAVEN’S INVITATION

MATT. 22:1-14

 

God has offered an invitation for man to live

forever with Him in heaven from the time of

creation even unto now.

 

The way has always been the same, trusting Christ.

 

Gen 3:15

15    And I will put enmity between thee and the

woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it

shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his

heel.

 

“Thee” is Satan “her seed” is Jesus.

 

Jude 1:14

14    And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam,

prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord

cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

 

Isa 28:16

16    Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold,

I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone,

a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that

believeth shall not make haste.

 

Isa 40:11

11    He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall

gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his

bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

 

 

Job 19:25

25    For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he

shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

 

The difference between the Old Testament saint and the

New Testament saint is that the Old Testament saint looked

forward to Jesus and the cross and we look back.

 

In our scripture this morning we see the invitation.

 

There are three things to look for as we read Scripture:

 

What does it say.

 

What does it mean.

 

What is God saying to me.

 

What does it say:

 

It is a parable telling of a king and his kingdom.

 

(Tell story)

 

What does it mean:

 

In this portion of Scripture we see the Lord using a

parable to show His people the Jew, a picture of the

kingdom they are looking for.

 

The Israelites were looking for the Messiah who would set

up a literal kingdom in Jerusalem. 

Therefore Jesus talks to them in terms that they

can understand. The kingdom then is the millennial

kingdom on earth which will last 1,000 years.

 

Rev 20:6

6      Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first

resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,

but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall

reign with him a thousand years.

 

The kingdom spoken of is this kingdom.

 

The king is God the Father.

 

His Son is Jesus.

 

The wedding is between Jesus and the church.

 

The servants are the prophets.

 

Such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, and many

others including John the Baptist.

 

They came with the message of a kingdom.

 

Many were martyred for their obedience.

 

Those who rejected were destroyed and those who

accepted the invitation were given robes and received.

 

Many were called to this invitation.

 

Those who received and accepted were

chosen as guest.

 

But those who refuse could not come in.

 

What is God saying to us in the Scripture?

 

He is telling us that time and again He has sent the

Gospel message, that is the message of salvation. 

 

If we accept it we can be saved and spend eternity with Him.

 

If we reject, we can only look forward to destruction.

 

 

Why should I accept it?

 

I. BECAUSE OF THE PREPARATION (vs. 4)

 

        A. The people who have gone before us

 

Heb 12:1‑2

1      Wherefore seeing we also are compassed

about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay

aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily

beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is

set before us,

2      Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of

our faith; who for the joy that was set before him

endured the cross, despising the shame, and is

set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

        B. The prayers that have preceded us

 

 

PRAYER

 

.Abraham, for a son

 Jacob, for deliverance from Esau

.Moses, for help at the Red Sea

.Moses, at the waters of Marah

.Moses, at Mount Horeb

.Moses, in the battle with the Amalekites

.Moses, concerning the complaint of the Israelites for meat

.Moses, on behalf of Miriam's leprosy

 

 

PRAYER

 

.Israelites for deliverance

.From bondage

.From Pharaoh's army

.From the king of Mesopotamia

.Gideon, asking for the token of dew

.Samson, asking for strength

.Solomon, asking for wisdom

.Elijah, raising the widow's son

.Elijah, calling for fire to come down upon his sacrifice

.Elijah, asking for rain

.The disciples, for Peter

 

James 5:16

16    Confess your faults one to another, and pray

one for another, that ye may be healed.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous

man availeth much.

 

        C. The purpose for which we were created

 

Ps 139:13‑16

13    For thou hast possessed my reins:

thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

14    I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and

wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works;

and that my soul knoweth right well.

15    My substance was not hid from thee, when

I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in

the lowest parts of the earth.

16    Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being

unperfect; and in thy book all my members were

written, which in continuance were fashioned,

when as yet there was none of them.

 

II. BECAUSE OF THE PROTECTION WE HAVE IN    CHRIST (vs 7-8)

 

Ps 91:1‑4

1      He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most

High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2      I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my

fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3      Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of

the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4      He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under

his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield

and buckler.

 

Ps 91:9‑16

9      Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my

refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10    There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any

plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11    For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to

keep thee in all thy ways.

12    They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou

dash thy foot against a stone.

13    Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the

young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14    Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will

I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known

my name.

15    He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be

with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16    With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

Rom 8:35‑39

35    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation,

or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36    As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;

we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37    Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors

through him that loved us.

38    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor

angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,

nor things to come,

39    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall

be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in

Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

III. BECAUSE OF THE PROPITIATION OF CHRIST (vs 11-13)

 

Rom 3:24‑25

24    Being justified freely by his grace through the

redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25    Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation

through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness

for the remission of sins that are past, through the

forbearance of God;

 

Rom 5:1‑2

1      Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace

with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2      By whom also we have access by faith into

this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope

of the glory of God.

 

Rom 5:10‑11

10    For if, when we were enemies, we were

reconciled to God by the death of his Son,

much more, being reconciled, we shall be

saved by his life.

11    And not only so, but we also joy in God

through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we

have now received the atonement.

 

2 Cor 5:18‑19

18    And all things are of God, who hath

reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,

and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19    To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling

the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses

unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of

reconciliation.

 

Col 1:20‑22

20    And, having made peace through the blood of

his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself;

by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things

in heaven.

21    And you, that were sometime alienated and

enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now

hath he reconciled

22    In the body of his flesh through death, to

present you holy and unblameable and

unreproveable in his sight:

 

I Jn 2:2

2      And he is the propitiation for our sins:

and not for ours only, but also for the sins

of the whole world.

 

I Jn 4:10

10    Herein is love, not that we loved God,

but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be

the propitiation for our sins.

 

Many are called but few are chosen.

 

John 3:16; Rom 10:13; Rev 3:20;

 

Matt 11:28

28    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are

heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

There is an invitation given.

 

Have you accepted the invitation to be saved?

 

If not will you come this morning to be saved?

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