Why say, “I’ll pay attention to Jesus later,” when we can delight in preparing now to greet Him in glory?

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13

ESV Text: Matthew 25:1-13


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 25

     1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 609:
Wake, Awake, For the Night Is Flying

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. “Wake, awake, for night is flying,” 
The watchmen on the heights are crying; 
“Awake, Jerusalem, arise!” 
Midnight hears the welcome voices 
And at the thrilling cry rejoices: 
“Oh, where are ye, ye virgins wise? 
The Bridegroom comes, awake! 
Your lamps with gladness take! 
Hallelujah! 
With bridal care 
Yourselves prepare 
To meet the Bridegroom, who is near.” 

2. Zion hears the watchmen singing, 
And all her heart with joy is springing, 
She wakes, she rises from her gloom; 
For her Lord comes down all-glorious, 
The strong in grace, in truth victorious, 
Her Star is ris’n, her Light is come. 
“Now come, Thou Blessed One, 
Lord Jesus, God’s own Son, 
Hail! Hosanna! 
The joyful call 
We answer all 
And follow to the nuptial hall.” 

3. Now let all the heav’ns adore Thee, 
Let men and angels sing before Thee, 
With harp and cymbal’s clearest tone. 
Of one pearl each shining portal, 
Where, dwelling with the choir immortal, 
We gather round Thy radiant throne. 
No vision ever brought, 
No ear hath ever caught, 
Such great glory; 
Therefore will we 
Eternally 
Sing hymns of praise and joy to Thee. 


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