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