Matthew 25:1-13 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were wise and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them. 4 But the wise took jars of oil with their lamps.5 While the bridegroom delayed, they all rested and slept.
6 “But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 But the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.’
9 “The wise answered, ‘No, lest there not be enough for us and you. Go rather to those who sell it, and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they went to buy some, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Afterward, the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us.’
12 “But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Prepared to meet Jesus or unprepared?
Everyone has the same opportunity to make preparation to one day meet Christ.
The Gospel has been made available to the world. As a matter of fact, God make sure that everyone knew that He loved them and that it is His will that none should perish.
God proved his love for humanity in John 3:16-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
There were 5 virgins in this text who made preparation and there were 5 who did not.
This text metaphorically described Jesus as the "Bridegroom" and those prepared to meet Him as the " 5 wise virgins."
Those that chose to live for the world and made no preparation to one day meet Christ is described the "5 foolish virgins."
Where do you stand in your relationship with Christ? Are you among the wise or the foolish?
Just because Christ coming seems to be delayed to man does not negate the fact that He will come and He will judge the world.
Being deceived by satan into thinking that you can live your life any kinda way here on earth and arrive glorious in heaven with Christ is a lie of deception from the devil to keep you in bondage to sin.
Jesus command to you and I on today is found in Matthew 7:13-14 Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who are going through it,14 because small is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
The gate to destruction and separation from God is wide. This road says "eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy your life cause you only have one." It is this road that Jesus says it's end is eternal destruction and separation from God.
But! You have another option and that is the "narrow gate" which leads to life everlasting. This gate is described by Jesus as being the "narrow gate" which is a very "narrow pathway" that very few people choose to take, but one that leads to life eternal with God the Father.
The choices are laid before all of us on today on which path to take in this life. None of us are with excuse. We can either be like the wise virgins and take the narrow path that leads to life everlasting with God or we can be like the foolish virgins and take the wide road of "anything goes, do as you please, my life so i do what i want to" that leads to destruction and eternal separation from God.
The choice is ours and the consequences of our choice is ours too.
Christ came the first time to save the world. His second coming will be to judge the world.
I can only hope and pray that when Christ returns the second time as the promised "Judge" that you would be found among the "wise" and not the "foolish" for your own sake.
What are you doing in making preparations to one day meet Christ? Or, what are you NOT doing to make preparation to one day meet Christ?
In what condition will He find us? Will he catch us waiting on Him with expectation or will He catch you "doing your thing?"
The good news on today is that He loves us all enough to give us warnings after warnings in His Word about what He expects of us as His creation.
How will we be found when Christ returns? We have evidence in this text that 5 were ready to meet Him and 5 were not. Will you be among those who were prepared?
Will we be found among the wise and have prepared to meet Christ when He return? Or, will we be among the foolish who thought we had more time to do what is needed in preparation for Christ return.
When it is your turn to stand before Christ, what will you hear? "Well done thy good and faithful servant" or depart from me for I never knew you?"
Prepared or unprepared! Christ is coming back!