‘And at midnight a cry was heard…’ Matthew 25:6 NKJV
You’ve probably heard the story of the five wise virgins and the five foolish ones. Jesus told it. In those days a requirement for being allowed to participate in a wedding was that your lamp had to be burning. But when the bridegroom showed up five of these virgins were out of oil. So they said to the other five, ‘…Give us some of your oil…’ (Matthew 25:8 NKJV) But they said, ‘No…there may not be enough for both us and you…’ (Matthew 25:9 NIV) So while they went to town to buy oil the wedding started and they were locked out. Christ’s parable teaches us four important lessons: (1) The foolishness of depending on somebody else. Your mother and father may have been Christians, but that won’t get you into Heaven. You must accept Christ as your own personal Saviour. (2) The futility of last–minute preparations. ‘…while they went to buy, the bridegroom came…’ (Matthew 25:10 NKJV) Remember, Jesus is teaching about the kind of people who will be living when He returns. So here’s the question: Are you putting salvation off until you’re old? What if you don’t live that long? (3) The finality of judgment. ‘…And the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us!" But he answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you."’ (Matthew 25:10-12 NKJV) (4) The fallacy of morality. They were ‘virgins’, yet they were shut out. Your character and good works won’t get you into Heaven. ‘By grace you have been saved through faith…’ (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV) Are you ready to meet the Lord? If not, put your faith in Him today and get ready.
SoulFood: Ex 36-38, John 4:39-54, Ps 87, Pr 27:4-6
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