Final Instructions - Week Two: Ten Bridesmaids
Final Instructions—Jesus last teachings to his Disciples
Why are we reading and teaching these texts before Advent? We are expecting a Gift, but we need to know what the Gift means for us.
Today, we will be exploring what it means to wait and be ready for the coming of the Messiah and a world made new.
And we’re also going to be learning that we must be ready to wait.
Yet, according to Geissler, at the end of the day, it's really about the concept of waiting for itself and the promise it can hold if you look at it in a certain light. "How I experience time depends on what I associate with waiting," he says.
"We assume that we organize time ourselves, yet waiting is actually something where time comes to you, and you ask: What's in store for me: in experiences, sensations, possibilities?"
I know. You probably didn't imagine a philosophical discourse on waiting today.
I wanted to keep you waiting for the main point.
See what I did there.
The fact is that Jesus had a lot to say about waiting and being ready. And the discourses that we've been studying speak directly to this.
FOLLOWING JESUS MEANS BEING READY FOR THE KINGDOM
- When the “time is ripe” we are ready to act.
- A full lamp means having a full heart, full of hope.
- There is grace in all of it—and there’s always another moment.