Jesus’ parable of the Ten Virgins seems to ask each one of us, ‘Are we ready to meet God?
The parable states that all ten thought they were ready to meet God, so it is referring to churchgoers or those who thought they were Christians.
But only five were accepted by Jesus!
This article explores this subject…
1. Only half of ‘Christians’ are ready to meet God
50% of the church is NOT ready to meet God according to Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins!
(This article is based on Matthew 25:1-13 which is included at the foot of the page)
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.Matthew 25:1-2 NIV
Five of them were foolish and five were wise…”
Jesus said, “At that time” which means within its context, the ‘end of the world’.
What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
It is the church worldwide, millions of people.
But Jesus brings this number down in the parable to a nice round ten.
We can cope with that. All ten thought they wanted to meet God.
So we are not talking about those who are anti-Christian or those outside of the church.
All thought they were ready to meet Him.
But were they ready to meet Jesus Christ, the bridegroom?
Here is a quick bit of background information:
2. A Jewish wedding is the context of the parable of the Ten Virgins.
- Marriages in Israel first had a formal, and binding engagement ceremony.
- When the evening of the wedding day came, the bridegroom and his friends went in procession, to the home of his bride.
- There she (the bride) and her family would be waiting.
- Then the bridegroom led his bride through the streets which were lined with the guests.
- The bridegroom took her to his own home.
- And then there was a great feast.
3. True Christians are betrothed (engaged) to Jesus Christ.
The Church consists of all who are called by God, those who have His Spirit – who are His children.
Which means they are now betrothed to Jesus.
Many may be church goers but will also include some who have never set foot within a church.
It will include people from any country and that includes the Jews.
To all these, the Holy Spirit says through the apostle Paul:
For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.“2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV
Here is a unique relationship between all those who believe in Jesus who collectively are called ‘the Church’ and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This Church is betrothed, they are engaged to be married, to him their husband.
Jesus never married while on the earth, but the time will come at His return when He will marry His Bride…‘Who Is the Bride of Christ?’ By John Foster. ((‘Who Is the Bride of Christ?’ By John Foster. Life, Hope and Truth. ↩
Also, in a limited, physical way, our own personal marriages are to reflect the relationship that Jesus Christ already has with His Church.
Paul told husbands, ‘Love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her’ (Ephesians 5:25).
To the wives he said, ‘Submit to your own husbands as to the Lord… Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything’ (verses 22, 24).”
Lamp image: thanks to David Alexander, The Lion Handbook to the Bible. ↩
Vulture image: thanks to Serif ARTGallery CD ↩