January 25, 2017

Today you should read: Matthew 25:1-13

OK, let’s get you started right on today’s reading.  Here’s a little flash from the Tim Parsons past—1977. This story was a popular Christian song by an artist most of you have never heard of: Phil Keaggy.  The song—Sorry. Check it out:

Now that you understand the story ☺, what’s God trying to teach us?

Jesus often taught in parables for a couple of reasons.  One, to confuse the lost religious leaders (Matthew 13:10-17) and to make difficult concepts simple captured within real life stories.  In today’s story, Jesus is teaching about the rapture, His return for His church.  Just to remind you what the rapture is all about:

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

So, back to our story.  Jesus describes ten young women waiting to find a husband and be married.  Five were ready and prepared to meet him, and five were not.  Five wise, five foolish.  The foolish ones didn’t have enough oil to keep their lamps burning while waiting for him to arrive.

Jesus is coming back, probably very soon.  We must be ready.  He’s coming like a thief in the night.  When He comes it will be too late.  If you’ve never truly come into a relationship with Jesus, now is the time.  If you have family and friends you’ve not shared the CRITICAL message of the Gospel with, do it now.  If you are living a life that doesn’t reflect the transformation that Jesus makes, that needs to change too.

So, the ten virgins, which are you?

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

8 thoughts on “January 25, 2017”

  1. 1977? You’re gettin old Pastor Tim! (Love those bell bottom jeans & big collars)

    I was a senior in high school in 1977 and remember Phil Keaggy quite well. Keith Green & Keaggy were two of my favorites from that era. I love the timeless truth from this song. Thanks for bringing back some good old memories.

    P.S. Keaggy is the pride of Youngstown, OH. Check out the band Glass Harp, formed in Youngstown in 1968. Time flies!

  2. Kidding aside, this passage reminds us that we need to exercise the wisdom that leads us to be ready for the return of Christ. We don’t know the day or hour, but each day His return is closer. What would I do today if I knew He was returning tomorrow? That thinking should help set my priorities.

  3. I’m kinda sorry that Phil didn’t play Sorry or any of his tunes from Emerging at my 60th birthday party, but not as sorry that you 3 weren’t there to enjoy his riffs and stories in song that night.

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