This is from Pastor Bill Rose of Impact Fellowship located in Overland Park KS.
It’s Wednesday of Holy Week and Jesus likely told the following parable:
Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV)
1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 "At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 "’No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 "Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12 "But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
A powerful reminder of how important our mission is. “We exist to connect people to God and one another and equip them to change their world”. We exist to get people ready for that day and hour. With that in view I am asking you to pray over the service and those that will be in attendance as we talk about “Messages from Easter”. We will look at the fact that God has life-changing messages for people and Easter underlines those messages. The truth is Easter is the only thing that makes those messages true and available! The resurrection literally changes everything!
The closing scripture on Sunday is from Luke 24. It is after the resurrection and two disciples are on a road to Emmaus talking to the risen Christ, but interestingly enough they don’t realize it is Him until several hours pass. I believe we will have 100’s of people with us Sunday who are walking along the road of their life with Christ speaking to them, but they don’t know its Him, not yet anyway. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will be on us in such a powerful way this Sunday that people will have the same reaction as those followers did once their eyes were opened .”Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him… They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us?” May the resurrected Christ be ‘seen’ this Easter. May many invite Him into their hearts and lives and families. May sins be forgiven and grace poured out. May He be glorified.
Pastor Bill Rose