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Are You Ready?

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Sermon shared by Maurice Brown

February 2003
Summary: When Jesus comes, we must be found prepared and alert.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
ARE YOU READY? Matt.25:1-13

INTRODUCTION
A. Matt.25 - Parable that stresses importance of being ready for the Return of Jesus
1. Jesus IS coming back, and when he returns will he find you awake and alert or sleeping and slumbering?
2. This is the BIG question from this parable.

B. Satan wants us to be unprepared for the Lordís Coming
1. Wants us to become so lazy, lukewarm and laid-back that we forget.
2. Or we can get so busy and so distracted that we no longer think of it.

FOUR PARTS TO THIS WONDERFUL PARABLE:

I. THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE vv.1-5
A. The wise
1. Those prepared for the Bridegroomís coming with an abundant supply of oil.
2. They believed that he was coming back and took action.

B. The Foolish
1. They were foolish because they didnít bother getting enough oil.
2. They believed they had plenty of time and took no action.

C. Both groups went to sleep
1. For the wise, this was fine, since they were ready.
2. For the foolish, this was fatal, since they werenít ready, and didnít know
how little or much time they had.
3. Prov.27:1 - Boast not about tomorrow, for we donít know what it will hold.
4. Before you go to sleep each night, make sure things are right with God.

II. THE DISTINCTIVE PLAN vv.6-9
A. The Bridegroom would come at an unexpected hour
1. This was his prerogative. He could choose when to appear and the
wedding would begin.
2. Opposite of what we see today, when it is the Bride who keeps everyone
waiting.

B. We are waiting for Christ, our Bridegroom to return
1. He has promised he will - John 14:1-3
2. When he comes, it will be as a thief in the night, and every eye will see him
I Thess.5:2; Rev.1:8
3. This is why every Christian should assemble around the Lords Table - show forth the Lordís death until he comes - I Cor.11:26

III. THE DIFFICULT PROBLEM vv.10-12
A. The Door was shut
1. Before he came the door was open, and the opportunity to enter in
2. But once the Bridegroom arrived, it was closed shut, never to open again to any outsiders.

B. Notice three things here:
1. Belated request - LORD, LORD OPEN TO US
2. Bewildering response - I KNOW YOU NOT
3. Bitter remorse - DOOR WAS SHUT

C. Who is the Door?
1. Jesus Christ is the Door Jn.10:9
2. Today He stands at the door and knocks - Rev.3:20; Isa.55:6
3. Do you near him knocking and will you answer Him today? Isa.55:6

IV. THE DELIBERATE PREPARATION v.13
How can we prepare and not make the same mistake as the sleeping virgins?
A. Watch your character - II Cor.7:1

B. Watch your commitment - Rom.12:1-2 (Caleb - Deut.1:36)

C. Watch your companions - II Cor.6:17
1. You are known by your associations
2. Donít be caught in the wrong crowd when Jesus comes.

Take Time for God! Eccl.12:1

CONCLUSION:
1. Today, are you awake, and how is your supply of oil?
2. Donít depend on past experiences or blessings. What about now?
3. Jesus is coming - lets get ready and stay ready
4. When the Bridegroom cometh, will your robes be white?
5. Time to look up...around....within, and prepare for the great day that is coming! John 5:
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