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Written by D.Baker March 2, 2010 Good Friday

Ecclesiastes 3

Everything Has Its Time

1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born,And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

I was thinking today how we look forward to things or events in our lives.  When we are children we look forward to birthdays, Christmas, summer break and holidays with such excitement and expectation.  As teens we can’t wait to learn to drive, go on a first date, graduate and go to college or go out on our own to start our lives.  As young adults we anticipate our career, first home and possibly a family of our own.  When we have achieved all that we start looking forward to a day when we can retire, take trips and enjoy grand children.  But what comes after all of these anxiously awaited events in our lives?  What is the event in a Christians life that  should be anxiously awaited and prepared for?

As Christians we should be  preparing for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We should be exited and full of anticipation waiting for His return!  Most of us live like we have all the time in the world, like there is an endless supply of years in this life.  I once read a James Patterson novel (no I am not recommending you read them and I haven’t read one in a long time!)   where the main character a homicide detective Alex Cross had a jar of marbles that represented the remaining Saturdays a man his age might have left to spend with his family, every week he would remove one of the marbles to show how quickly those Saturdays went by and not to waste them.  If I lived to be 70 I would have a total of  1,612 marbles or Saturdays left, that’s not very many!  Our time here is short and we should always be ready and waiting because we don’t know the hour that He will return or call us home.

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (New King James Version)

11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race
is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
12 For man also does not know his time:
Like fish taken in a cruel net,
Like birds caught in a snare,
So the sons of men
are snared in an evil time,
When it falls suddenly upon them.

I know I want to be someone who anxiously awaits my savior’s return.  How exiting it will be to finally see His face!  I’m not looking for an escape from hell or a ticket to paradise.  I’m looking for my savior Jesus Christ, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lord’s and it fills me with excitement and anticipation knowing that I will spend eternity with Him!  Dear ones, lets trim our wicks and keep our lamps full of oil and ready for His return!

Matthew 25

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose 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, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 25:6 NU-Text omits is coming.
  2. Matthew 25:13 NU-Text omits the rest of this verse.

New King James Version (NKJV)

(scriptures were obtained at biblegateway.com)

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