For my morning devotion the other day, I took a look at the parable of the wedding garment found in Matthew 22:1-14. After reading the biblical account, I turned to the book Christ Object Lessons to get a bit more insight on the lessons Jesus was seeking to convey in the parable.

While there were many things that spoke to me, there was one thing that really grabbed my attention. Here’s the quote.

“When the king came in to view the guests, the real character of all was revealed. For every guest at the feast there had been provided a wedding garment. This garment was a gift from the king. By wearing it the guests showed their respect for the giver of the feast. But one man was clothed in his common citizen dress. He had refused to make the preparation required by the king. The garment provided for him at great cost he disdained to wear. Thus he insulted his lord.” COL 309.3

It is interesting to note that every guest, I mean every guest, had been provided with a wedding garment, but this particular gentlemen refused to wear his. Now, it wasn’t that he couldn’t afford it or didn’t know where to buy it. He simply refused it. He said “no, I’m not going to wear that.”

This particular robe is indicative of the character of Christ. In Revelation 19:8, we read that the bride of the Lamb (the church), is clothed “in fine linen, clean and white for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Now we have to ask ourselves, where did the saints get it from. Because according to Isaiah 64:6, “we are all an unclean thing and all our righteousness are as filthy rags.” So if the saints are said to have righteousness they must have gotten it from a source outside of themselves. Isaiah 61:10-11 tells us where they received it.

” I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causes the the things that are sown in it to spring forth’ so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

Back to our parable, the robe that the man refused to wear then was not just any old garment but it was the robe of Christ’s character. So I had to ask myself, “why would he refuse to wear it?” And as I asked myself that God right away asked me “why do you refuse to wear it?” That’s God for you, always making sure that you don’t just see the scriptures in it’s application to someone else, but you see it as the voice of God speaking personally to you.

So I began to meditate on the question. Right away pride came to mind. You see the wedding garment requires great humility to wear it. It’s totally humbling to self, in fact before one can put it on, self must be brought low. The great beast called self, hates the thought of not being exalted and held in high esteem. While Jesus invites us to come and learn of him for he is meek and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29), self says “I am not with that, so if have to chose between his garment and I mine, I’ll stay with mine.”

The problem with that mindset is that “the whole gospel is comprised in learning of Christ, His meekness and lowliness.” {TM 456.2}. Whoever fails of entering into that experience of humility fails of understanding the gospel, and if they don’t understand it then they cannot really access the power that is contained in it. Because it contains nothing less than the righteousness of God (Romans 1:16,17), which is His very character. The very robe that the man in the parable refused to wear.

My take away was that I cannot seek to be saved on my own terms. God is the one who sets the entry requirements for the wedding feast not me. One of those requirements is that self must be divested of because it was the very thing that led to sin in the first place (Isaiah 14:12-23), and when He re-makes this world, sin will not rise a second time (Nahum 1:9).

But more importantly, why should I shun putting on the robe of Christ’s righteousness? Was there ever one with such a lovely character and sweetness of disposition? Absolutely not. His character is not a yoke but it’s the embodiment of LOVE, and it’s possession is the key to life abundantly. So by God’s grace, I am resolving to allow Him to change my garments. My filthy robe doesn’t look that great on me anyway.

Written by: Rochelle Mekowulu