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adverb| /ˈkwiklē/

Webster 1828:

QUICK'LY, adv.

1. Speedily; with haste or celerity.

2. Soon; without delay.

Merriam-Webster today:

with great speed

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:7, 11-13, 16 ESV

Boom. Jesus said it then, and it’s ever more important now. He is coming.

Over the years people, including the disciples, have asked the question, “When will He come?” The even more popular question, “What happens after He comes back?”

That should never have been the question. Most important should be the question, “Am I ready?”

In the book of Matthew chapter 25 Jesus tells a parable of ten virgins - five wise and five foolish. All went out with the intent to meet the bridegroom who was coming.

The five foolish took their lamps but took no oil with them while the five wise did the opposite and took oil.

Jesus said, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36

These women went out not knowing when the bridegroom was coming, but only five of them were truly ready and prepared for all that would come their way.

They waited, but the bridegroom was delayed and so they A L L became tired and fell asleep. Through the time that has passed have we given the generations beneath us the wisdom needed and Jesus Christ to navigate the world?

At midnight there was a cry, “‘Here is the bridegroom!’”

So they woke up, and all trimmed their lamps, but only the wise were able to light theirs. They foolish asked for oil, but the wise said, “Since there will not be enough…go rather to [the ones who sell] and buy…”

And while they went to buy oil, the bridegroom came.

I’m not sure, this is just my guess, but the darkness could stand for dark times. The bridegroom didn’t come when expected, when everything was light, festive, and happy, but rather when all had faded away - when those T R U L Y dedicated would still be around.

We live in times where only the true light of Christ will be able to G U I D E us to truth in everything we do.

All of the women fell asleep, but only five were really ready. They entered in with the bridegroom and to the feast that awaited those with Him.

Jesus said He was coming quickly, but do we have H I S oil? Are we ready? Because we do live in dark times. God though, in is grace and mercy waits patiently for who do not know to come to Him. As the bridegroom was delayed, there may have been more to obtain lamps and oil to join the wedding party.

But when the time is up, it will be up.

Do not be the one to whom He says, “‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’”

Watch. Because you don’t know the day or the hour.

P.S. This is my friend Claire Felder.

Fun fact: These pictures were taken inside the Chapel of Memories @ Mississippi State University.