September 1, 2017
God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you. 1_Thes_4:1-8
Jesus told a parable about 5-wise and 5-foolish virgins awaiting the coming of the bridegroom:
“. . . the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.'”
Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Mt_25:1-13
Jesus often uses the symbolism of marriage, of weddings, when He talks about His relationship with us, His Church.
Of course, just like marriages today, marriage in the time of Jesus almost always involved a party and a feast. And as Christians, we’re very familiar with how the symbolism of the Wedding Party is used for our next phase of life, for that “Heavenly Banquet at the wedding feast of the Lamb.” Rev_19:9
And yet, the point that Jesus was trying to make in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, wasn’t strictly about the Party. And it wasn’t about the invitation either, because we’re all invited. It was about being ready when the door, the gate to that Heavenly Banquet is opened.
You see, there’s a reason and a warning for being ready.
The reason is that God wants every single one of us to join in His party!
The warning is that the gate, the door of entry to God’s Kingdom, will NOT be opened forever.
And on top of that, we also have no idea when it will be opened.
And IF we miss that window of opening, IF we’re NOT ready, like the five foolish virgins in today’s parable, then it just may be too late for us to ever get in. And we’ll find ourselves either shivering in the cold loneliness of life without God, or burning on the coals of Satan’s furnace, as we hear our almost bridegroom tell us that He doesn’t even know us!
St. Paul gives the young Church of the Thessalonians and us, the same warning. He tells us that we were all created for holiness.
And if we refuse to follow that path, the path that God cleared and Jesus pointed us to, then the path we choose instead, will lead to a lot more suffering because of the consequences of our wrong choices.
If we choose sin, the consequences of sin will be knocking at our door.
If we choose death, the consequences of death will be constantly haunting us.
But if we choose righteousness; if we choose holiness, and obedience to God, oh, we’ll still suffer the ills of humanity, but our hope in God will comfort, heal, reduce and maybe even eliminate those sufferings.
So stay awake, Jesus tells us,
for “we know neither the day nor the hour!“
But we DO know that God is brewing up
– quite a shindig,
just for us!
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