And at midnight a cry was heard: “Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!”
The parable of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13 is a powerful illustration of the need for readiness and vigilance in our walk with the Lord. In this verse, we see the moment when a cry is heard, announcing the arrival of the bridegroom. It serves as a reminder of the importance of being spiritually prepared for the Rapture.
In this parable, the cry that awakens the virgins symbolizes the moment that Jesus comes. Just as the virgins needed to be prepared with oil in their lamps, we are called to be spiritually prepared for the coming of our Bridegroom, Jesus.
Here are some important lessons we can draw from this verse:
- The cry came at an unexpected time—midnight. It serves as a reminder that we do not know the day or hour of Christ’s return. Thus, we must always be ready to meet Him.
- The virgins who were prepared with oil in their lamps were able to go out and meet the bridegroom. Likewise, we must be spiritually prepared through faith in Christ, living in a manner that reflects His teachings.
- When the cry is heard, the virgins go out to meet the bridegroom. In the same way, we should eagerly anticipate Christ’s return and be prepared to respond to His call.
- Just as the virgins had to stay awake and vigilant, we are called to watch for signs of Christ’s return and to live our lives in a manner that honors Him.
- Are you spiritually prepared, filled with the oil of faith and righteousness?
- Are you watching for the signs of His return?
- Are you living in a way that honors Him in all aspects of your life?
Lord, thank You for the reminder to be spiritually prepared for Your return. Help me to live in readiness and watchfulness. Let my faith and actions reflect my expectation of Your return. In Jesus’ name, amen.