- The king is God, the Son is Jesus.
- The invited guests are the people of Israel.
- The first servants were the Hebrew prophets.
- The later servants were Christian missionaries.
- The "good and the bad" were members of the early church.
- The wedding robe was the robe of "righteousness" given to Christians who, as sinners, were talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
The wedding robe reminds us that we have become righteous by God's gracious gift to us - Christ's own righteousness. We have become righteous through the blood of the Lamb. The wedding robe symbolizes the righteousness of Christ we have been given (Rev. 19:8). This "wedding robe" represents putting on the baptismal garment of Christ (Galatians 3:27). It is being attired with a "new self" created in God's own likeness (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). By this baptismal robe, we are clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Col. 3:12). Luther said, "Christ himself is our garment of righteousness and salvation." In the Early Church, all those who were to be baptized stripped and were baptized naked, after which they were clothed in a white robe to symbolize putting on the righteous robe of Christ. The white robes (albs) that worship leaders wear today are symbolic of the white baptismal robes the first Christians were given after their baptism. Through baptism, our sinful nature has been removed and we have been re-clothed with Christ's own righteousness (Galatians 3:27).