Jesus taught using many different parables, one of them being the parable of the ten virgins. But the meaning of some of these parables may not be immediately understood by everyone. So what does this parable mean? Before we begin, let’s read it together.
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
-Matthew 25:1-12 (ESV)
When I was younger, I never really understood what this passage meant. But it’s a much clearer picture when I read it now. Jesus ends the passage by saying “you know neither the day nor the hour.” And if it were not clear before, the meaning of this scripture becomes abundantly clear at the end. Jesus want’s his followers to not be caught off guard; to be prepared. To live holy lives and not be caught without any oil at the end of our lives. Are you living like today could be your last day?