Matthew 25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Jesus brings good news. In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus revealed to us the judgement that is coming to this world, but He doesn’t leave us there. In Matthew 25 Jesus takes us from the truth of the coming Judgement of this world to the truth of salvation from that judgment and into the joy of the Lord. And it’s not just here within these scriptures, but He makes the good news manifest in the very lives of all that are His.
Psalm 100:3 (ESV) Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
When you say, “I am saved” … what do you mean? A lot of us only consider what we are saved from and forget what we are saved to. Salvation is not about what’s gone behind. That kind of view only leaves you frustrated and bitter because you are always looking backwards. No prisoner once released from jail reminisces about the ”good ole’ days” when he was in chains. No, he looks forward to the future. The good news of Jesus is not what lies in our past but what He has done with our future.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Through Jesus we have hope and a future.
Galatians 4:6–7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Through Jesus we have adoption as children of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Through Jesus what is awaiting you will blow your mind.
John 21:22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
Following Jesus is a progressive, forward motion, not a stumbling backward fall into the past. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to strap your past around your neck like an albatross, but to lead you out of your past and into an amazing future.