|설교 한 주일||December 19, 2010|
“At That Time…”
(Reading of Matthew 25:1 – 13 NIV)
Why ten virgins? It has real important meaning speaking about Jesus Christ for His second coming. In our Christianity, everybody live the way they like to live. When it’s Christmas, we are always talking about Jesus Christ for His coming as He came two thousand years ago so we enjoy and say ‘Merry Christmas’ to everybody.
At that time, before Jesus Christ was crucified, he opened a very long sermon about heaven. This Parable of the Ten Virgins is not a standalone story; it is associated with many long, long sermon of Jesus Christ. If you would like to understand the meaning of these ten virgins, you have to dig more with other parables.
Everybody lives in the chronological time. However, Jesus said that the Kingdom of heaven is like this… Everybody in our Christianity wants to go to heaven so we are expecting when Jesus comes for the second time, when trumpet sounds, when my name will be called and then at that time maybe we will realize that maybe we belong to the group of goat or sheep. God will segregate into two parts: sheep or goat. Maybe you’re like, “I’m very good; I’m cool so I belong to the sheep of course.” Then some says, “Oh he’s not good; he’s very naughty. I believe he belongs to the goat.” We don’t know… If God segregates you when Jesus comes again for the second time, who likes to be the foolish virgins? And who likes to be the wise virgins? Anyhow, we will be segregated into two parts – wise or foolish. We will see at that time – on a day when man does not expect – because the people, even the people in our church; we live everyday without expecting that Jesus is coming. “At that time…” – an hour that man is not aware of – that is what Jesus said. Maybe we fell asleep like the ten virgins; all fell asleep because we don’t know maybe tomorrow or maybe next day. The culture of the Israelites is they are waiting in the evening time because their conception of the day starts from the evening and not in the morning which means they are waiting at the very first moment the day breaks. The ten virgins are waiting for the groom’s coming but one night they fell asleep, as usual. One day they are living by as usual. At that time, when you are doing as usual, that is the time when you cannot resist or escape that that time is coming. The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps. All the ten virgins had ten lamps… “I have lamp…I am a Christian…” This lamp is a symbol of Christianity that you believe in Jesus Christ. Anyhow when the Bible says, they went out to meet the bridegroom…five wise and five fool. Everybody has a lamp, but the problem is when time comes they run out of oil. Maybe they have some oil in that lamp but as day goes by they spent some oil. When most of the oil in that time ran out, the groom is coming.
We, Christians, we say “I have lamp…and I have oil in it.” So everybody have assurance that it will last forever. But as time goes by our oil always is going to run out by many reasons. Your meter in the dashboard indicates how much of gasoline you have, going down, down and down. Unfortunately, that lamp has no any indication. But the wise virgin always has their own oil container. That’s the difference – an oil container. Sometimes that oil container is very hard to carry. Sometimes it’s not good to see. In our Christianity, believing in Jesus Christ, bringing that container is very old-fashioned maybe. And you don’t like somebody say, “Wow, you carry your oil container! Why don’t you get rid of it?” But the wise virgin in spite of all kinds of trials, all kinds of advice from other people, they yet carry that container. Look for your oil container if you already threw it. If you don’t have, when that time comes – ‘give us some of your oil’ – is very late. You have no time to share it because he is waiting. Things happen all of a sudden. Things are happening and there’s no time for you to complain about it. “I am not a goat!” No time… “I am not a foolish virgin!” We have no time… “Can you give me…?” No time; it’s over! So it’s the time for you today – Christmas – Christmas mean the time to prepare for eternity. It’s your time in Jesus Christ. So keep watch yourself. Do I have oil in container? Is it already full or running out? Fill it with oil into your container of faith. It can be done by only today. Tomorrow? – Perhaps maybe too late. Merry Christmas to you!
Rev. David Bang