Jesus is consistent in His warning that no one “knows the day or the hour” of His return. He encourages us to “keep watch,” to be ready, not to “become drowsy and fall asleep” just because He “is a long time coming.” (Matthew 25:13,5; NIV)
The wise virgins not only carry their lamps; they buy and carry extra oil and so are ready for the bridegroom when He comes to the wedding banquet. The foolish virgins also have lamps, but they do not purchase oil; their lamps burn a short time, then go dark for lack of fuel.
They try to get the wise virgins to give them some of their oil, but the wise virgins know that what they have, they need. They are unwilling to give up the crucial oil for their lamps. They say to the foolish ones, “Go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.” (Matthew 25:9)
While the foolish virgins are off purchasing oil, the Bridegroom arrives, taking the wise virgins to the marriage feast prepared for His bride. By the time the foolish virgins return with the purchased oil, it is too late. The door is shut. The virgins whose lamps went dark stand outside and shout, “Open the door for us!” (Matthew 25:11)
But the Bridegroom doesn’t recognize them, and tells them so. “I don’t know you.” (Matthew 25:12)
Why doesn’t He know them? Because the oil they carry for their lamps is not of Him. The oil He provides to them burns up, and is not replenished from its source. Once the Bridegroom returns, the oil is no longer available. It is truly too late for those outside the door.
Father God, help us to cherish Your Holy Spirit, the guarantor of our salvation and the worker of our sanctification. Let us not seek Your Spirit when it is too late to find Him. Today is the Day of our salvation. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. In Jesus’ Name, amen.