"Ready for the Bridegroom?"
November 26, 2004Email to a FriendPrint
“The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.” Matthew 25:10
The time – 7:15 a.m. The place – the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. Many asleep, unsuspecting. Suddenly the unexpected, a devastating fire sweeps through the hotel. Over 100 lives lost. 500 injured. Tragedy. Not ready for the crisis.
The text describes a more joyful event – a wedding feast. But readiness remains the issue. The ten maidens await the wedding procession with lamps. Five are wise, with lamps trimmed and well-supplied with oil. Five are foolish, with lamps not supplied with oil. Unexpectedly at midnight the bridegroom comes. Our text tells what happens.
Are you looking forward to the Bridegroom’s coming? When you consider Jesus Christ coming again at the end of the world, do you thrill with anticipation or stir uneasily? Are you ready to die and go to heaven? Do these events remind you more of a destructive hotel fire or a joyful wedding feast? Confession time. Are you prepared for the Bridegroom’s coming? Preparation means trusting Jesus Christ alone for salvation. God prepared the way for Him to take on human flesh, to live a perfect life, and to die for the world’s sin. God prepares us to meet Jesus through Baptism, the Word of God, and the Lord’s Supper.
Lacking motivation and discipline, we often neglect God’s grace for us. Like the foolish virgins we may find that the lamps of our faith are going out. But God is faithful and just to rekindle our faith, to forgive us our sins of poor preparation, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thus we await His coming.
PRAYER: I am trusting You, Lord Jesus, trusting only You, for my salvation. I anxiously await your coming. Amen.
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