I am certain most of us have at one point received visitors in our homes or houses. At some point it was the groom’s side coming for a ruracio or what the Luo call nyombo (dowry payment). These visits are normally so much honoured and the hosts make the best of their preparations lest they embarrass themselves when the visitors finally get to come.
As Christians, we are also expectant of the coming of our bridegroom (Jesus Christ). However, unlike in the African traditions where the date of the groom’s coming is know, ours, His date or hour of coming is not known. However, we are to always remain prepared for the coming.
An illustration of this preparation is given by Jesus himself in the book of Matthew 25:1-13 where He tells of the parable of the Ten Virgins . In the parable, there were 10 virgins who were all waiting for the coming of the groom. 5 of them were wise whereas the other 5 were foolish. The virgins did not know the exact hour that the groom would arrive, so the 5 wise ones took with them their lamps and extra oil. The other 5 who were foolish only took their lamps. The groom then delayed in coming and the virgins fell asleep.
At midnight, however, there were cries outside, ” Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” Then all the virgins woke up and lit their lamps. The goolishone had no enough oil though so they tried borrowing from the wise ones who informed them that the oil won’t be enough for all of them hence they (the foolish ones) should go out and buy theirs from the sellers . As they went, the groom arrived and the door was shut.
Later, they came back calling on the Lord (the groom) to open the door for them. However, they were told that “Truly, I tell you, I do not know you.”
I believe as Christians we are all waiting for the second coming of our Lord Jesus. However, amongst us, we have both the foolish and the wise virgins.
These virgins resemble we the Christians and the parable is on how we are prepared for the second coming of Jesus who is the groom. The wise virgins are those Christians who are rooted in Christ and are doing the will of God. The have their extra oil which is the Holy Spirit who guides them in what to do and what not to. The Spirit also does remind them of the teachings of Jesus Christ. These kind of Christians are ready to receive the groom (Christ).
On the contrary, we also have the foolish virgins who resemble the Christians who think that by just going the Church, they have become ready for Christ’s coming. They think staying gor hours in church is enough preparation. Singing, preaching, cleaning in tbe church isn’t enough preparation as this kind of Christians do think.
Remember in Matthew 7: 21-23, Jesus says, ” Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
It further proceeds to read of how they will remind Him of the things that they did in His name, but still he will reply and say that he does not know you. That confirms to us on how we ought to prepare for His coming.
In Luke 13:23-27, we are reminded to make every effort to enter by the narrow door for once the owner if the house gets up and closes the door, those locked out will stand outside knocking and pleading that the door mat be opened for them. Then they will receive the response, “I did not know you or where you come from.” And they will proceed to recall how they are a d drank together. But still, they won’t be allowed in for they were unprepared.
Dear beloved, it is therefore time that we do examine ourselves to see how prepared we are g or the groom’s coming. How much oil do you have? How rooted are you in Christ? Are you doing the will of God? Are you just having the outward godly appearance?
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.(Matthew 25:13)