Most of us will not be good enough to play in the NHL, maybe not at any high competitive level. In hockey, as in all sports, it’s all about performance. And that’s not a bad thing: after all, it’s only hockey.
But when it comes to matters of eternal importance, do we want to be measured by our performance? Especially when we can instead be measured by the perfect performance of the one who is truly “the greatest,” Jesus Christ?
If you are with Christ, you are on the team, in fact you are an all-star!
When you are with Christ, you get an A on every test.
Why? Not because you are so good. Because Jesus has earned those rewards, and he will transfer their benefits to you when you trust him. So, when you come to stand before God, you can approach that moment with joy and with confidence. You will be accepted because of Jesus, if you acknowledge him as the greatest, not yourself or anything else, and make him the Lord of your life.
Jesus used the story of a wedding feast to help explain this to us in simple terms we could understand, recorded for us in Matthew 22:
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
“But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the others seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city. “Then he told his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
Therefore, go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ So, those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests. But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. So, he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
This is a vivid way Jesus used as he often did to make his listeners think about their ultimate goal: to be part of the wedding feast when the bridegroom (Jesus) celebrates with his bride (the church, you and me).