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. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us!” But he answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.” Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:10-13)
When The Door Is Shut
Jesus spoke in many parables teaching the multitudes the spiritual lessons of His Father. His teaching was clear and demonstrative. There would not be any doubt to the clarity of His message. Some thought His teachings were hard. Many today react the same way. In the parable of the ten virgins, five were foolish in believing they had time to secure more oil and be ushered into the bridegroom’s feast. The startling part of the story comes when the five foolish secure more oil and knock on the door of the bridegroom. They wanted to go in. Their hearts were longing to be part of the feast. They had waited with the other five for the bridegroom to come and were late because they did not prepare for his unexpected arrival. But they were here now. There was no reason they could not come in. Begging him they five implored the Lord to open the door. He refused. They were left out of the feast. There was no joy, there was no happiness and they remained in the darkness.
The parable of the ten virgins is part of the ‘hard sayings’ of Jesus. It is difficult to miss the lesson. Finding oneself unprepared for the coming of the Lord will bring peril and heartache. The bridegroom came when he chose to come. Those who were ready enjoyed the feast. Those who were unconcerned were left in the darkness. The key to the story is the door: the bridegroom had the power to shut the door and he had the power to open the door. He refused those who were unprepared and the door remained locked. During the days of Noah when the flood came upon the whole world, the Holy Spirit says that God shut the door of the ark. His power is what brought salvation and His will destroyed those who disobeyed.
The parable of the ten virgins is really the parable of the door. When the door is shut there is no opening. Judgement is coming to all men. Like the ten virgins, there will be those who have made ready for His coming and there will be those who are unconcerned. Sadly, most are making no provisions for the final day. Death comes to most men and they are not ready to die. One day the Lord will come Himself and the world will come to an end. Most are unconcerned. What will make a difference is the door of eternal life. Few will be ushered into the feast of the King and when God shuts to door of eternal life all those who were unprepared will find themselves in darkness. There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth but the door will remain closed. All the begging and pleading will not change the door. The Lord will say to those who did not prepare, “I do not know you.”