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No One Knows the Day


REVELATIONS 19:9 - Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!"  And He added, "These are the true words of God."

Not too long ago there was a certain preacher who insisted that the world was going to end on a certain day.  He claimed to have mathematical and biblical proof that this was true, and even had some people getting their affairs in order, although I don't know what that would accomplish.

This reminded me of a parable that Jesus once told His disciples:

MATTHEW 25:1-13 - At that time the kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who tool their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.  The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.  The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.  At midnight the cry rang out: "Here's the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him!"  Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish ones said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out."  "No," they replied, "there may not be enough for both us and you.  Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves."  But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived.  The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet.  And the door was shut.  Later, the others also came.  "Sir! Sir!" they said.  "Open the door for us!"  But he replied, "I tell you the truth, I don't know you."  Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Sometimes I think we underestimate the parable of the virgins.  We were always told it represented Jesus' return and our duty to be ready, but I think there's more to it.  We are, in a sense, the wedding party for Christ's marriage to the Church.  Like the bridesmaids and groomsmen, it's our responsibility to help prepare the celebration by following Christ and working to serve Him.  It also means we'll have to endure a long night filled with uncertainty, and our faith, like the lamp oil, must constantly be replenished.  It's going to be a lot of hard work, but when the groom arrives and the celebration begins, there's no doubt it will all have been worth it.

Take some time to read Jesus' parables in Matthew 13 and reflect on their meanings.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to open our eyes to the wisdom in your teachings.  Give us the strength to keep vigil, steadfast in our faith, and share the message of your love.

-Pastor Chris

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