“At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6).
Who is the bridegroom? He is the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you believe that Jesus is coming again? Remember in John 14:3 He says, “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Are you ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus?
Isaiah 53:5 says, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” The Lord Jesus was wounded for my transgressions and yours. He was wounded at the hands of men and then at the hands of a sin-hating God for my crimes and your crimes. Won’t you put your name in there? “He was wounded for [my] transgressions.” Think of Him bearing your sins in His own body on the tree.
“The bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut” (Matthew 25:10). The Lord Jesus will come. Are you ready? We’re not talking about being baptized, or belonging to a church, or doing the best that you can. We are talking about a personal experience with the Lord. There needs to be a personal trust in the Lord Jesus for salvation, a coming in repentance and faith to the One who loves you, who died for you, and rose again.
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
—Condensed from “Behold the Bridegroom” by John D. McNeil.