Are You Prepared if The Saviour Should Come Today?
Matthew 25:1-13 (KJV 1900)
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Ten virgins were all invited to the same wedding party ten church members all invited to that wonderful day when the bridegroom our savior Jesus Christ will come to take his people home.
1. The foolish virgins took lamps with them, were properly dressed clean and ready but . . .
a. Even though they had lamps they had no oil to burn!
Matthew 25:38 (KJV 1900)
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
b. Jewish wedding customs of first century Palestine. After about a year of binding betrothal, the groom went to the bride’s home for the wedding that evening he took her to his home for a seven day feast. Bridesmaids would be at the home of the groom with family members awaiting the bride for a week long feast. The best man would come to the home and say Behold the Bridegroom cometh! The bridesmaids would light their torches and follow the bride into her new home for her first feast as a wife.
c. Five of them are prepared should the Bridegroom come at any time the other five are sure he won’t be coming any time soon so why get ready now?
2. Five of them were wise they went prepared for the long wait
a. Nobody knows when that time will come
Mark 13:32 (KJV 1900)
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
b. We must all be prepared always
Mark 13:33 (KJV 1900)
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
c. Be Ready at all time!
Matthew 24:42-44 (KJV 1900)
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
3. Are you prepared?