The Kingdom of Heaven
Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding
feast for his son. Many guests were invited, and when the banquet was ready, he sent his
servants to notify everyone that it was time to come. But they all refused! So he sent
other servants to tell them, 'The feast has been prepared, and choice meats have been
cooked. Everything is ready. Hurry!' But the guests he had invited ignored them and
went about their business, one to his farm, another to his store. Others seized his
messengers and treated them shamefully, even killing some of them.
"Then the king became furious. He sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn
their city. And he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, and the guests
I invited aren't worthy of the honor. Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone
"So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the
banquet hall was filled with guests.
"But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn't wearing
the proper clothes for a wedding. Friend,' he asked, 'how is it that you are here without
wedding clothes' And the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, 'Bind him hand
and foot and throw him out into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of
For many are called, but few are
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