“The wise [virgins] however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:4)
For much of the world the energy crisis continues. When planning a vacation or holiday trip by automobile, we need to consider the fuel situation – whether we shall be able to get enough gasoline and all.
In His parable of the ten young virgins, Jesus spoke of an oil crisis. The five wise virgins had a sufficient oil supply on hand to keep their lamps burning after the bridegroom finally arrived. The five foolish virgins, on the other hand, experienced a fuel crisis. They said to the others, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out” (Matthew 25:7).
Our Lord teaches us to keep ourselves well provided with spiritual oil, with faith in Him, our heavenly bridegroom. He truly loved the church as His bride, and gave Himself for it on the cross. Then He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Before leaving He promised that He would return to receive us to Himself in heaven.
In the meantime we Christians must remain alert and make all preparations to receive Him when He comes. We need to be supplied with the oil of faith which our Lord supplies to us through the Word and sacraments.
When Christ comes again to begin the festivities and joys of eternal life, each of us must have his own faith; none can borrow faith from another. How is it with us? When the Lord comes again, will He find faith in our hearts?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help us to remain alert and make all preparations as we await Your coming. Amen.
(Taken from “Our Journey with Jesus” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)
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