Reading: Matthew 25:1-13
Blanks: lamps, oil, bridegroom, know you
It is important to be prepared sometimes.
Because then we can do what we want to do.
You may go to a nice wedding ceremony.
You want to remember this wedding forever.
So, you want to take many photos.
Then what do you need to prepare?
(3) Right, you need a camera.
Here is another example.
Your family went to a camp.
You wanted to have a nice campfire there.
So, you found the safe place.
You found some dry wood and put them together.
Now if you prepared this, you can have a campfire.
What is this?
(3) Right, you need something to light the fire: like matches and stuff.
If you are prepared, you will have a nice campfire.
Likewise, if you are prepared, you can do what you want to do.
(3) Now what is this?
It is a lamp.
Do you know what this is for?
In the time of Jesus, they use this as a flashlight.
But it was more than a flashlight.
In those days they didn’t use electricity or bulb.
So, they used this as their light at night as well.
They also used this when they wanted to welcome someone at night.
They prepared this light and shine the path of someone who came.
Just like a flashlight needs a battery, this lamp needed oil.
So, if you want to use this light all night, you want enough oil.
Using this lamp Jesus told a story like this:
(3) “The kingdom of God will be like ten ladies who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were prepared and five were not.
The five of them prepared oil in jars with them.
The five of them did not have any oil with them.
“Then since nobody knew when the bridegroom would come, they all just waited and waited.
Then they all felt asleep.
Then suddenly at midnight the cry rang out:
“The bridegroom is here!
Come here and meet him!”
Then all the ladies woke up and prepared their lamps.
Those who had oil got ready right away.
But those who didn’t have oil were in trouble.
So, they asked to those who prepared:
“Give us some oil.
Our lamps are going out.”
Then those who prepared said:
“No, there may not be enough for both us.
Why don’t you go and buy some?”
So, they went to buy some oil.
But then the bridegroom arrived.
(3) Those who prepared went in with him to the wedding banquet.
Then all the doors were shut.
Then the marriage feast has started.
Then later, the others came and said:
“Lord, Lord, open the door for us!”
But he was like:
“Who are you?
I don’t know you.”
Then he just went in to have a party.
Telling this story, Jesus was like:
“So, be prepared, since you do not know when I will come.
When you have time, be prepared.
When you are prepared, you can fall asleep.
I am making a new world for you.
One day, I will come and show you.”
When you are ready, it does not matter when Jesus comes.
Then some of you may ask:
How can we be prepared?
These are something that we do to be ready for Jesus.
We can get ready doing the things that Jesus teaches us to do.
We love God and love people.
We obey God and do good to people.
We pray, read our Bibles, and share our lives with each other.
We obey what he says.
We do some good works that Jesus asks.
We gather together in the name of Jesus like this.
We learn new lessons that Jesus wants us learn.
We give our life to Jesus.
Then, we are ready.
Then we are prepared for Jesus.
Then we will be prepared for his new world.
So, while we are alive, let’s be prepared.
Jesus, you can only prepare us to be ready.
You can only help us to grow.
May you help us to understand you and obey you.
We pray this in your name.