Thursday, February 5, 2009

I Think I 'll Take A Nap

Everybody knows the parable of the ten virgins who set out to meet the bridegroom so a lot of detail is not necessary just now. They waited and waited (that's the church over the past 2000 years) but the bridegroom was delayed and in fact He is still delaying His return. The parable applies more to us today than when the story was first told.
So the virgins all "slumbered and slept." Let's face it; we're asleep. All of us are asleep and dreaming we're awake. Eventually the bridegroom arrives, everybody wakes up and you know the rest of the story.
The point here is the plague of soporiferousness that besets the church. Scripture is very clear about the condition of the church when Christ returns. It's laid out in the parable of the virgins, it's repeated in the story of the landowner who goes away on a long trip, who, when He returns catches everyone unawares. It shows up again in the parable of the thief who breaks into the house and gets away with robbery because no one was paying attention. This theme is all over the New Testament including The Revelation. In Revelation 16:15 Jesus says: "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame."
Thieves don't send advance notice of their break in; "I'll be there the night of the 10th of March!" No, they just show up when the time (for them) is right and we wake up to discover we've been burgled.
Jesus says, "Watch" Watch what? If you will, leave a comment and tell me what we should watch.
Think again on these things.
God Bless. e.c.

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