“I stand at the door and knock,”
Imagine you seated at a long beautifully set banquet table. Only the finest china and goblets gleaming with gold is positioned before each diner. Every cut of meat and poultry has been broiled with only the finest spices. Every succulent fruit imaginable are also included as well as exotic dishes from every culture. After you’ve taken in all the wonderful aromas of the magnificent spread before you, you look around to see who you know in this massive gathering of joyous people. You see your grandparents, co-workers and even your neighbors who had died in a car accident. Everyone looked young and were talking and glowing with joy!
This is the marriage supper of the Lamb depicted in the book of Revelation Chapter 19:9.
Jesus told us much about this wonderful event prepared only for those who served him well and faithfully. Jesus described the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. All the virgins had lamps, but five took no oil. Jesus immediately went into his second discourse about the parable of the talents. Talents are gifts, abilities or resources. Let us never forget that every person who accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior is given gifts for the edifying of God’s kingdom. It’s very important for us to understand the importance of using our gifts and abilities to the fullest capacity during our lives on earth. The parable ends with the master examining the labors of his three servants while he was away. The first two were faithful and diligent, making a good profit on their share of resources. The master was angry to see that the third servant did nothing with his share! His excuse was that his master was a hard and unappreciative master.
I really love the account of the virgins because of the ideal of being Jesus’ radiant bride preparing for my eternal marriage to him! A betrothed woman in love with her fiance anticipates every moment leading up to marriage and the wedding banquets. Imagine a bride who had no passion or desire for her beloved? Five of the foolish virgins had no oil for their lamps. The five wise virgins must have been so excited and made sure they were well-prepared to meet their future husband. Imagine the group of women moving forward in the dark towards their destination to meet their groom. The foolish virgins noticed their lamps going out.They hadn’t bought extra oil, so when the call came out, “Come and meet the Bridegroom” they had no more Oil. The smart gals refused to share their oil and told the unprepared ones to go and buy some more for themselves. When They came back, the door was shut to the wedding chamber. The prepared virgins were enjoying their beloved while the foolish virgins were banging at the door, begging to join. The bride groom called out, “I do not know you!” How shocked and devastated other virgins must have been. That would have been my greatest nightmare, to be shut out of my own marriage because I didn’t truly Know and love my Groom!
In both accounts, Jesus stresses the rewards waiting. The winners were prepared, they were intimate enough to know what their master and bridegroom expected from them and they were expectant Faithfulness is a required attribute mentioned often in the Bible. Many of us who’ve come to Christ have very little for Him to use, but as we show our joy and commitment as a useable vessel, He gives us a large yield!
Every devoted Child of God who pursues Him with all their hearts will reap the marvelous rewards of servant hood. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice”. The closer we get to our Lord, the more intimately acquainted and enamored we are by Him! Jesus told us that the Father was pleased with Him because He did only what pleased. Jesus obeyed, loved and trusted His Father. He set an example for us to follow. Serving the Lord with all diligence draws us into even deeper fellowship, where we became more than servants, we become His friends and even more so, His cherished, adopted children!
Jesus made the exclusive claim, ” I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10 9 & 10 Some say that other religions offer various ways to heaven and eternal life, but that is contrary to what Jesus said. If they want to follow other roads to heaven and believe that they can enter it by other doors, that is their prerogative, but I wonder why they’d want to risk their eternity by following someone other than Jesus Christ the Only Son of the Most High God and the creator of the universe.
The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 34 urged His reader to “taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8. As world events continue to unfold at breakneck speed and developments regarding the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem proceed, we know that Jesus’s arrival is near. We must take advantage of the tiny window of time we have to usher in the last great harvest. God’s people need to get that “holy Hook” into those they meet. With all the doomsday prophecies, chaos, economic despair and violence, we must offer the world an enticing, precious and everlasting ticket to the wedding supper. It will be a truly magnificent occasion of celebration. That is what Jesus came for, to free the oppressed, heal the sick and dying and give them nourishment that would sustain them throughout life and where they would never hunger or thirst again.
Jesus offered the Samaritan woman at the well that living water> he also tells us that He is the bread of life!
Are You Hungry? Are You thirsting? Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Will you open the door or will you ignore His gentle, pleading voice to come and sup with Him? He has a banquet prepared for everyone who seeks and loves him. Some of God’s people have had wonderful dreams of what the wedding banquet is like. You can check their stories out on You Tube.
Jesus is calling, asking to sup with Him. Will you come and dine!