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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell


Last night we were at church watching a series called Chosen. It is a series following the life of Jesus but fills out the characters of those in the story around Jesus. Characters and names that we are familiar with through the Bible but who are made more real by basically giving them lives and personalities. It is an interesting way of telling the Gospel of Jesus without detracting from the truth of Jesus, it certainly holds your attention.

So far we have dealt with the characters of Nicodemus, Simon Peter, Andrew, Matthew, Mary Magdelene and John the Baptist, while giving a feel for the culture and situation at the time with the occuping force of the Roman Empire and then there's the religious leaders, bending to accommodate the authorities and the society around them just to appear to have some sort of relevance and keep some sort of power, nothing changed there then. But what does it mean to be chosen? and what does Jesus mean when He says many are called but few are chosen?

To me it means that Jesus, God that is, wishes to call everyone to Him, but on the last days people will reject Him, and then there are those who will come in, but don't want to change, and in the end they will be rejected. We can all enter God's Kingdom, but we have a choice, we can reject Him outright, or we can accept Him, or we can even say we accept Him but refuse to change, but God will not be mocked, if we say we accept Him but don't obey Him and don't change our sinful ways, we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 22:1-14 New King James Version

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? (without changing)’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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