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No. 139
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Have you ever visited a cave? I have, but I didn’t like it very much because it was so deep underground. I felt  so restricted and closed in.
Jimmy and his friend Bob were going with the school class to visit a cave. The teacher asked them all to bring a candle because it would be dark down there. Before they went to bed the night before the trip both Jimmy and Bob found candles to take with them and put them in their bags.

Next morning the class met outside the school and waited for the bus. Some kids got out their candles while they stood there, and compared them. Some were white, some were coloured ones, green and red, left over from Christmas. Some were long and new and some short and a bit used already. One girl had a very fancy candle, it had gold animals and flowers on it, all made of wax and sprayed with gold paint.

When the class finally got to the cave, after a long trip when everyone sang and laughed, they had to get out the candles. “Light them up, “said Mrs Warren, the teacher, “we won’t see a thing in there if we don’t, it’s pitch black!”  Now there was trouble! Some kids had simply forgotten to bring candles, and others began to rush around trying to borrow matches. No one had thought of matches it turned out, not even Mrs Warren. It was a blessing that the bus driver had some with him, but they couldn’t find him for ages. He had gone off for a walk in the bush. It spoiled the whole trip, not having lighted candles because there were no matches! When they finally got into the cave it was almost time to go home again.

The Bible tells us about ten women. Five who were ready, and five who got into a lot of trouble because they weren’t ready with their lamps. It is a story told by Jesus Himself, one of His special parables. It is found in Matthew 25:1-13. Jesus was telling believers in Him to be always alert and ready, because He might come back at any time. The “virgins” are unmarried young women, and the Bride-groom is Jesus Christ Himself:

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish. They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried (took a long time to come), they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed (made ready) their lamps.   And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.   But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.   Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. “

The most important thing is to be born again when Jesus comes.
Are you trusting Jesus as your own Saviour?
Are you ready if He should come again?

“ I want to trust You as my own Saviour, Lord Jesus. I believe You came to earth to die for my sin, and I want you to forgive me. I am sorry for the wrong things I have done. Please give me life that lasts forever, and come into my heart to stay. Amen.”

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