Today’s Reading: Matthew 25:1-13
Daily Lectionary: Daniel 5:1-30; Revelation 21:9-27

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:13)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Bridegroom is coming! The Bridegroom is coming! When? At an unknown hour. Therefore, keep watch. Well, how do I do that? Set up a telescope facing the eastern sky? Look for Him to trend on Twitter or post on Facebook? Ask my GPS smart-phone? No, no, and no. All of that is foolishness when it comes to Jesus’ second coming.

In the Bible, foolishness is always a result of sin. Foolishness goes hand in hand with unbelief. Wisdom, on the other hand, is from the Lord. Wisdom goes with faith. Wisdom and faith are gifts.

Jesus uses this parable of the wise and foolish virgins to teach us about His second coming. Jesus is the Bridegroom. And that makes you the baptized, His Church, His bride.

In the Word of God, you have a lamp whose light never burns out. You were anointed by water and the Word in Baptism. The Holy Spirit has been poured over you like oil into a lamp. And that makes you wise, even if you have been sinful and foolish. Christ, who is your wisdom, has taken all of your sinful foolishness upon Himself.

So, how do you watch for Jesus’ second coming? You don’t have to go running around foolishly looking for oil. Christ keeps your lamps trimmed and burning by the light of His word. Daily you die to your foolish sin and rise in the wisdom of Christ in the promises of Baptism. And in the marriage feast of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus, your Bridegroom, comes to you. The best way to keep watch for Jesus is to receive His gifts.

The Bridegroom is here! The Bridegroom is here! Come to the font, hear the absolution, go to the banquet at the altar with joy and meet Him. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

The watchers on the mountain Proclaim the Bridegroom near; Go forth as He approaches With Alleluias clear. The marriage feast is waiting; The gates wide open stand. Arise, O heirs of glory; The Bridegroom is at hand. (Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, LSB 515:2)

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