Cable television presents us no shortage of wedding shows. So, I find it interesting that the Bible repeatedly uses wedding imagery to illustrate truths. In fact, wedding clothes are often at the heart of it.
For starters, let’s take a look at Matthew 22:1-14. Here, Jesus tells a parable about a wedding banquet for a king’s son. Those initially invited either refused to show or felt they had better things to do. So they invitation was opened to “anyone,” (vs 9).
But someone forgot to read the dress code and showed up underdressed:
“when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.” (vs.11).
Hmm. A simply fashion faux pas? Perhaps not:
“’Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (vs. 13).
Yikes! Seem a bit harsh for a wardrobe malfunction? Or is there something bigger at stake here?
Let’s see if we can find some clues at another wedding banquet mentioned in Revelation 19:6b-9.
“’For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.”
I love that these clothes aren’t something the bride has to come up with—they are given to her. Just as I cannot come up with righteousness on my own.
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Now, this is by no means an exhaustive list, but let’s check out one more passage mentioning wedding wear: We read in Isaiah 61:10–
“I delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For He has clothes me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with jewels.”
So, there you go. Feeling underdressed? God’s got you covered. Wishing you could live up to God’s standard? Welcome to the human race. Which, by the way, qualifies you for the invitation. Now, just make sure you say yes to the priceless “dress” God has for you. It cost Him everything.