Always be Ready

While the bridegroom delayed, they all rested and slept.

Matthew 25:5 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

I cannot help but notice the word delayed. Ten virgins were expecting the bridegroom. They were ready for him, but only five had oil (provision.) The bridegroom was expected, but for some reason delayed or was delayed.

What is being said here is clearly that we may indeed sense an appointed time for Jesus to come. He will obviously not be late but delayed.

The lesson is to not stop expecting, always be ready.

Part of being ready is to know Jesus. You must be saved in order to truly be ready for when He comes. The context of the parable explains this.

“But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’
“Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. But the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.’
“The wise answered, ‘No, lest there not be enough for us and you. Go rather to those who sell it, and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they went to buy some, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
“Afterward, the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us.’
“But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Matthew 25:6–13 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

The five were delayed because they weren’t saved. “Truly I say to you, I do not know you.”

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