Matthew 22:2-3 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
What do Passover, the Lord's Supper, and heaven have in common - deliverance, salvation, and feasting. We often skip over the feasting, we often don't appreciate that for many people in the world, daily bread might be just that - bread. We are rich and well fed, and we take feasting for granted - and yet, there are times when things are better, and more plentiful.
But lets back up a minute, and listen to the story: Can you imagine being to busy to come the a feast thrown by your king? The first problem is that often we cannot even imagine what it is like to have a king, someone who rules over us, someone whose word is law, someone who wields the power of life and death. That's what a king is, and what a king says, that is what you do - itís a little like having parents, except you will always remain a child, and they will always be telling you what to do, and if you don't obey, if you talk back - they have the power not only to punish you but to take your life.
The reason we start here, is because we often call Jesus our Lord, this means that he rules over us, he is our king, and we willingly obey him - well, we want to, but we often sin. And we are so familiar with sin, we often think it is no big deal, I don't have time for Jesus because things are just to busy on the farm - that was one of the excuses, why is it sin? Because when the farm comes before Jesus, the farm is your Lord and your god - its idolatry. And it doesn't have to be a farm, it can be a business or a hobby, there are many things that can come before Jesus, there are many idols. Jesus our savior invites us to come, he offers forgiveness, life and salvation - he gives us faith to believe, and makes us a new creation. Jesus wants all people to be saved - the invitation goes out to all - and yet many do not come, many who will perish because there is no other name given under heaven by which we may be saved. You see, its not as simple as going to the feast, or not going, as though you could be doing something else - because those who do not go, are going to go to hell. God wants all people to be saved, but only Jesus blood can wash away our sin.
God has prepared salvation, the feast - but those who were invited, proved themselves unworthy - unworthy because they did not come. So what does God do, he sends out more invitations, he sends out servants to invite all that they find - and not only does God provide the banquet, he provides the clothes for feasting - no excuses about having nothing to wear - God has provided all - which in deed he has done, for Jesus has paid the price for our salvation in full.
And still there are people who perish. For while God accepts us just as we are, God does not leave us just as we were, but when Jesus blood washes our sins away, it also clothes us in Christ's righteousness. The people who perish are those who believe that their good works and their righteousness are sufficient.
God does not want any to perish, at the Passover, the blood of the lamb on the door post and the lintels was a sign that the angel should pass over that house, without the sign, all the firstborn would die. This night we remember how Jesus became our Passover lamb, how he have us his body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins - so that by this sign we might live, forgiven, and at peace with God. And this gift we have in the Lord's Supper, is a foretaste of the great feast which is to come, our eternal life with God in heaven.
There may be times when we are not thinking of heaven, and it seems distant - but as along as we are still in the flesh, we will continue to sin much daily, so there is no time when we do not need to know that our sins are forgiven, and here is the great feast, which takes away our sins and strengthens our faith - and we thank our Savior for his gracious gift that gives us life.