Dear Friends in Jesus Christ…,
Are you missing out on what’s most important in life? Being unprepared can lead to unnecessary trouble and even disaster! What good is a life-jacket left on the shore when the boat is sinking? Jesus’ story of ten single ladies waiting for a wedding procession in the middle of the night seems strange to most westerners today. But Jesus’ audience knew all too well how easily this could happen to them. Don’t miss the most important engagement of all Wedding customs in ancient Palestine required extra vigilance and preparation for everyone involved. (Some near eastern villages still follow this custom.) The bride and groom did not go away for their honeymoon, but celebrated for a whole week with their family and friends. It was the custom for the groom, in company with his friends, to come at his discretion and get his bride and bring her to their new home. They would take the longest route possible so that many villagers along the way could join in the wedding procession. Once they arrived and closed the doors, no one else could be admitted. If the groom decided to come and bring his bride at night, then lights were required by necessity to guide the travelers through the dark and narrow streets. No one was allowed on the village streets at night without a lamp! To show up for a wedding party without proper attire and travel arrangements is like trying to get into a special event today that requires a prearranged permit or reservation. You just don’t get in without the proper pass. Can you imagine the frustration travelers might experience when going abroad and finding out that they can’t get into some country because they don’t have the right visa or a valid passport. The consequences of being unprepared to meet the Lord Jesus warns us that there are consequences for being unprepared. There are certain things you cannot obtain at the last moment. For example, students cannot prepare for their exams when the day of testing is already upon them. A person cannot get the right kind of character, strength, and skill required for a task at hand unless they already possess it, such as a captain with courage and nautical skills who must steer a ship through a dangerous storm at sea. When the Lord Jesus comes to lead you to his heavenly banquet will you be ready to hear his voice and follow? Our eternal welfare depends on our hearing, and many have trained themselves to not hear. We will not be prepared to meet the Lord, face to face, when he calls us on the Day of Judgment, unless we listen to him today. The Lord invites us to feast at his heavenly banquet table. Are you ready?
Jesus knocks on the door of our lives. He says: “Here I stand, knocking at the door. If anyone hears Me calling and opens the door, I will enter his house and have supper with him, and he with Me” (Rv 3:20). Jesus wants us to allow Him to know us personally. He wants us even to let Him take over our lives so that we would truthfully and practically say: “It is no longer I that live but Christ Who lives in me”. There is another door. It is not the door of our lives but the door of eternal life. When Jesus comes for us at our death or at His final coming, He wants to take us through this door into eternal life, love, and happiness with Him. However, we will be able to go through this door only if we have let Jesus know us personally, if we have accepted Him as the Lord of our lives. Otherwise, the door will be barred, and we will hear the eerie, horrifying words of Jesus: “I tell you, I do not know you” (Mt 25:12). Those who are not known by Jesus and do not know Him will be left outside in the darkness of hell where they will wail and grind their teeth forever (Mt 25:30). Open the door of your life to Jesus. He will later open the door of eternal life to you.
“Lord Jesus, make me vigilant and attentive to your voice that I may heed your call at all times. May I find joy in your presence and delight in doing your will.”
(Curtsey to Laudate Daily reflection)
God Bless You,