“Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He'll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. It doesn't matter what time of the night he arrives; they're awake – and so blessed! ‘You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn't have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. So don't you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don't expect him, the Son of Man will show up.’ ”
Jesus mentions here the period of the arrival of the Son of Man, which would bring the Judgment for humanity. He warns people of his time to be vigilant so that they could be “ready to open the doorwhen he arrives and knocks”. It is the same vigilance required of the virgins who where waiting for the bride.
Jesus was teaching those people to be prepared for a future happening, and this meant that all of them would be present when this happening would take place i.e. they would be incarnated again on earth at the time of the coming of the Son of Man.
The act of knocking on the door means that as happened with the Words of the Son of God, the Words of the Son of Man would also knock on the door of their souls. But not asking entrance but demanding access. Each person should prepare inwardly a table for that, that is, an altar in the innermost being. This happening is also described in the book of Revelation:
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.”
In other words: whoever absorbs the Word of the Son of Man, meaning an inner assimilation and practicing of His Word, will be prepared to take the Lord's Supper. In the parable He'll put on an apron at the table and each one who complies with his Word will be seated and He will serve them a meal, through the laws of Creation, as established by the Will of God, which is the Son of Man Himself.
The exhortation Jesus makes to human beings is to maintain vigilance because they do not know the time of the coming of the Son of Man. If they had known with certainty the exact time, for sure they would be prepared beforehand as a family father would guard the house and protect the windows with bars if he could know the exact time the burglar would come. But we know by Jesus' words that the coming of the Son of Man is absolutely certain.
If those people who heard the words of Jesus at that time changed, and lived according to them, they would become vigilant in a future time and would be apt to recognize the Son of Man when he knocks on the door through His Word. In the Parable of the Virgins Jesus made the same exhortation.
The words Jesus uttered two thousands years ago have been totally accomplished now in this epoch. The ones who assimilated the teachings of Jesus long ago, through Jesus Himself or from His apostles, preserved them with vigilance until now because these words were absorbed and branded into their souls.
These are the ones who now do not find any difficulty in recognizing the Son of Man and His Word and in opening joyfully the portal of their souls. They are those who listened to the words “So then, brothers and sisters stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). Therefore they are also the prudent virgins to whom Jesus referred.
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