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.
John 8:24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Last weekend we looked 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. Here are the big points in case you weren’t able to join us. You can find the parable in Matthew 25:1-13. To get the whole flow of the teaching it would be good to read all of chapters 24 and 25.
Make Sure You Are Ready for Jesus’ Return!
Matt. 7:21-22 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
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.”
This is the key contrast in the illustration Jesus gives. The foolish think they are ready but are not. The wise make sure they are ready. The foolish virgins come out like everyone else. They are hanging out with the wedding guests. They have every opportunity to be part of the wedding feast. As it turns out being in the room wasn’t enough.
The oil represents spiritual preparation. It is not outwards appearance of readiness that allows us to enter the kingdom of heaven but the genuine internal work of the Holy Spirit giving spiritual birth to the soul. The bridesmaids are the same in every way except the readiness with the oil. Are you ready for Jesus return?
Make Sure You Are Personally Ready for Jesus’ Return!
John 10:14-16 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
2Cor 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
The foolish procrastinate hoping others will bail them out. The wise realize each must prepare their own heart. Though it seems mean the wise women understand that some preparation cannot be shared. The plan of the foolish women was like those who fail to study for a test hoping someone will let them cheat off of their paper instead. They planned to cheat on the test by sitting near the smart kid. Jesus won’t accept that. Each one must get personally ready through their own response to Him.
In John 10 Jesus mention THE sheep and HIS sheep. They are not the same. He died on the cross for THE SHEEP. Sadly many of THE SHEEP do not repent and believe. Those who do are born spiritual and become HIS SHEEP. Only HIS SHEEP are prepared for his return and will enter His eternal kingdom. Are you ready for Jesus’ return?
Make Sure You Are Personally Ready for Jesus’ Return ASAP!
Heb 3:7-8 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness,
Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
The foolish think there will be time to get on track later. The wise prepare NOW since they don’t know how much time they have. This one speaks for itself. In the illustration the foolish women try to get ready after the fact but it is too late. Jesus is telling us it will be just like that at his return. The due date will not be pushed back once it comes. For those who are ready it will be a day of joy. For those who are not, it will be the biggest “O CRAP!!” moment in human history. You have to ask yourself, “what am I waiting for?”
Are your ready for Jesus’ return? Join us this coming weekend as we continue to look at what it means to be ready.