Let us take a recap of episode 2 (link). Christ is the groom and the church is the bride. We belong to Christ if we have accepted Him as our Lord and personal savior. As such, He has gone back to His father to prepare a place for us (John 14:3). To give us an assurance, He gave unto us the Holy Spirit as a seal of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13). He has assured us that you have my full oath that I am surely going to come for you. There is no way I will change my mind and go for another bride. In the fullness of time, the father will then send the groom to come for His bride and bring her home.
The role of the bridesmaids
Every woman who is about to be married is so much interested in who joins the bridal train. Some wedding have as many as ten bridesmaid. I tend to wonder why people choose such a number of bridesmaid.
Prior to the wedding and during the wedding, the bridesmaids are to assist the bride in whatever things she needs. They make sure her weaknesses are not exposed to the outside world. Serving her with their all, their goal is to ensure that the bride gets the wedding of her choice.
The Talmud talks about having shushbinin — close friends — escort the bride and groom, to the point that someone who was shushbin at your wedding can’t testify in court about you, as the personal connection is too tight. (reference; reference2 ).
Upon the announcement that the bridegroom is approaching, the bridemaids take their lamps to meet up with the bridegroom and his team and welcome them to the house of the bride. The bride, also expecting the groom at any time, always keeps her lamp on to make sure she is ready for the coming of the groom.
In our lesson, Jesus distinguishes between the ten bridemaids that were waiting for the bridegroom. Five of them were deemed wise and the rest were deemed foolish. Let us look at what all the bridesmaids had in common.
Similarities of the 10 bridesmaids.
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.Matthew 25:1 (NIV)
a. They knew their tasks and responsibilities (V1)
They all knew that they were to watch out for the groom and get him welcomed for the bride. Knowing the responsibility is not just enough. It is als necessary that you walk with God in faithfulness.
b. They had the necessary resources (V1)
All the bridesmaids had the materials required to perform their duty. They had a lamp with oil in them, ready to meet the bridegroom. If the groom had come earlier, they could have made it too. Everything we need for life and godliness has been provided to us according to His divine power (2 Peter 1:3). The oil was in the lamp when the virgins were on their duty, but they needed extra oil to keep the lamp burning until the groom was in.
Come to think of it ; the bride is actually hoping to meet the groom. She is eagerly waiting to re-unite with the groom, so also is the groom waiting to meet the bride. Both of them have the eager longing to meet each other. Christ yearns for the day He will present this bride the church to His Father. He yearns for that moment.
c. They all heard the same announcement (V6)
When Christ appears, we shall all see Him (1 John 3:2). This affirms the truth that the groom will come. “For as you see Him going, so He shall come …” (Acts 1:11). His coming will be announced by the angels in the clouds with a trumpet and all of us will get to see Him (1 Thessalonians 4:16: Matthew 24:31). Whether we have lost hope or not, we will see Him when He comes. His words shall not fail even if Heaven and Earth disappear.
We shall continue in the next episode.
Are you ready for His coming? His coming is certain and His coming is closer than was predicted. Have you prepared yourself to meet Him? If He should come now, are you ready to meet Him?
Maybe, you do not have a relationship with the groom. You have followed the dictates of the flesh and have wandered away from the truth. There is still hope for you if you repent of your sins and come to Jesus to be saved. If you are willing to receive Jesus as your Lord and saviour, kindly repeat these prayers after me:
Father, thank you for showing me a sinner your love. I am grateful for your sacrifice to save a wretched sinner like me. I believe that Jesus is your Son and He died for my sins. I accept Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. I dedicate my life unto you and will walk with him steadfastly by Your help. Thank you father for accepting me into your family. Amen!!!
If you have said these prayers, then you have been saved. Kindly find a Bible believing church to attend. Enjoy the fellowship of other brethren and grow in this grace that you have received. Kindly drop your comments and contribute your thoughts to this series. God bless you and remain a blessing.
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