Behold, I have prepared my dinner…and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it… – Matthew 22:4,5
In some cases the gospel is refused because the unbeliever rejects the deity of Christ or despises His atonement. O sirs beware of this, I know of no rock more fatal than to dishonor Christ by denying His sonship and His deity. Split not upon it, I beseech you-“Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way when His wrath is kindled but a little.”
No doubt some of them despised the feast itself. They must have known that with such a king it could not be a starveling meal, but they pretended to despise the feast. How many there are who despise the gospel which they do not understand, for almost invariably if you hear a man depreciate the gospel, you will find that he has scarcely even read the New Testament and is an utter stranger to the doctrines of grace. Listen to a man who is voluble in condemnation of the gospel, and you may rest assured that he is empty. If he understood the subject better, he would find, if he were indeed a man of candour, that he would be led at least to be silent in admiration if he did not become loyal in acceptance.
Beloved friends, the feast is such as you greatly need, let me tell you what it is: It is pardon for the past, renewal of nature for the present, and glory for the future. ~ C.H. Spurgeon