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Summary: the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25 is not to be confused the the rapture of the church. what it does is give us the message that we must be ready at all times. While I borrowed an illustration from another sermon this is what the Lord laid on me

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The Wise and the Foolish

Matthew 25:1-13

I want to talk to you this morning about your relationship with Jesus Christ. I thought about spanking those that did not make it to the revival, but I don’t have time for that. There are hungry people here that need to hear a word from heaven. They are hungry! They are wise! They are anticipating the return of Jesus Christ! So I am obligated to feed them the meat of the word of God. You have two choice around here. Either get with the program and dine on the meat of the word of God, or choke on it. I know this is a hard word, but the truth is we can’t allow a bunch of babies to hold us up. Now if you just got saved, let me just say I am not talking to you. Young Christian, get in the word of God and start praying and you will follow along with us just fine. The ones that are going to get chocked are the ones that have been sitting in the pews for years doing nothing. Never reads the word, never prays, yet has plenty of criticism. Yep they criticize me, they criticize other Christians, and they criticize other churches. They alone are perfect. Phooey we don’t have time for this mess. Time is short. Let’s move on are you ready?

Illus:

There’s a true story that comes from the sinking of the Titanic. A frightened woman found her place in a lifeboat that was about to be lowered into the raging North Atlantic. She suddenly thought of something she

needed, so she asked permission to return to her stateroom before they cast off. She was granted three minutes or they would leave without her. She ran access the deck that was already slanted at a dangerous angle. She raced through the gambling room with all the money that had rolled to one side, ankle deep. She came to her stateroom and quickly pushed a side her diamond rings and expensive bracelets and necklaces as she reached to the shelf above her bed and grabbed three small oranges. She quickly found her way back to the lifeboat and got in.Now that seems incredible because thirty minutes earlier she would not have chosen a crate of oranges over the smallest diamond. But death had boarded the Titanic. One blast of its awful breath had transformed all values.

Instantaneously, priceless things had become worthless. Worthless things had become priceless. And in that moment she preferred three small oranges to a

crate of diamonds. There are events in life, which have the power to transform the way we look at the world. September 11th was one of those events, the Kennedy Assassination and World War II are similar events. Jesus’ parable about the ten virgins offers one of these types of events, for the parable is about the Second Coming of Christ. But Jesus doesn’t come right out and say this. Rather, he lets the story describe it for him. The woman on the sinking Titanic understood, in the light of her current circumstances,

that she must make preparations for living on a lifeboat. Diamonds would not suffice, only the precious resources of an orange were good enough. Likewise, in this world where Christ may return at any moment, the parable warns, we must be ready.


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