Are You Really Ready?

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I_ll be bach - ImgurMatthew 16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

It’s time for a movie quiz: who said this? What movie is it from?

“May the force be with you”

“You can’t handle the truth!”

“Make My day!”

“Make it so”

“So let it be written, so let it be done”

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse”

“We aren’t in Kansas anymore”

“I’ll be back!!”

I’m sure you got Arnold in the Terminator movies for the last one. But someone even more powerful said it first. Jesus of Nazareth the Son of God. According to the Bible, Jesus after a time of waiting for people to get ready promised that He would return to complete His work of making all things new & right. The question is are we ready for that moment?

There are so many things to experience in life that it seems strange to think about Jesus return. Kind of like when you are 18 and someone tells you to get life insurance or invest in  retirement account. It seems so far away that it doesn’t make sense to put it on today’s priority list.

I remember thinking, “I hope Jesus doesn’t come back before I win a piano competition, experience college, get married. Experience what comes with getting married.” What is on your list?

That kind of thinking is natural but it is naïve at best and perhaps disastrously ignorant. Jesus tells a couple of parables to help us understand why thinking about His return and getting ready for it matter NOW.

Why should I worry about being ready for Jesus’ return now since it seems delayed and no one knows for sure when He is coming?

This weekend we are going to look at an illustration Jesus gave to show why we should think about getting ready and what it does & doesn’t look like. It is likely more important than you might think at first. I hope you can join us this weekend. It could make all the difference in your life. Read Matthew chapters 24 and 25 before you come if you want to have a jump start on our time together.

Matthew 25:1-13 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent…6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ …the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

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