Matthew 25:1-12 (NLT)
1"The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3The five who were foolish took no oil for their lamps, 4but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5When the bridegroom was delayed, they all lay down and slept. 6At midnight they were roused by the shout, `Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and welcome him!' 7"All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8Then the five foolish ones asked the others, `Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.' 9But the others replied, `We don't have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.' 10"But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, `Sir, open the door for us!' 12But he called back, `I don't know you!'

Jesus is telling a parable to his disciples. In this illustration he is comparing how people enter into heaven using a story of 10 bridesmaids waiting for the bridegroom to arrive. It is thought the custom was for the bridegroom to arrive at night to celebrate the wedding. Upon notice, the bridesmaids were to go out and light the way for the bridegroom into the house with a formal ceremony. These bridesmaids were usually the witnesses to the ceremony as the custom generally required 10 witnesses present as in Ruth 4:2, where Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. But in the parable the bridesmaids all fell asleep, 5 had enough oil to light the way, while the other 5 had no oil. It was the 5 that did not have oil who were left out of the party because they did not have what they needed when the time came.

Jesus often related parables in which an even number was chosen and left behind. In this parable we found 5 chosen and 5 left behind. The five who were chosen represented those who found the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. The oil represents the grace of Jesus and it allows His light to shine through those who believe in Jesus. When the time arrived for the bridegroom to approach, the foolish bridesmaids asked the others for oil. Those who do not have Jesus as their savior are in the dark and in times of desperation they see the light of those doing the will of Jesus and will desire what they have. Like Noah who entered the ark and the doors were shut and the rain started to fall, those on the outside wanted in. Just like those it was too late, the bridegroom had already arrived. The ones who were too foolish to not bring oil were left out of the celebration. Those would be the ones who have not placed their faith and trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He is the oil, the light, and the grace. Is Jesus burning as a light within you? Does the oil of his grace overflow in your soul? If you can yes, you are blessed with His grace and mercy. If you are not sure, it’s never too late to place your faith in Jesus. Pray that Jesus will be the light of your light of life. Pray that others will see Him through you. Love your God will all your heart and give Him praise for the great things He has done in your life.