Matthew 25:1-3  (8-9-20)

(Lesson adapted from Concordia Publishing House)

From the temple, Jesus and His disciples went to the Mount of Olives, where He taught them about the end times. Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom, He said. Five were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps, but no extra oil, with them. The wise took jars of oil along with their lamps. When the bridegroom was late, they all got tired and fell asleep. At midnight someone shouted, Look! The bridegroom is coming! Go and meet him! Then all of the virgins got up and started lighting their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, Let us have some of your oil; our lamps are going out. No, the wise answered, otherwise there will not be enough for all of us. Go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves. While they were gone to buy some oil, the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went into the marriage feast with him. After the doors were closed, the other virgins returned and called out, Lord! Lord, open the door for us! Really, I don’t know you, he answered. Watch out, Jesus said, “because you don’t know the day or the hour when the Son of Man is returning.

Bible Memory Verse

The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command. . . .  And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Discussion Questions

How can we be ready for when Jesus comes back?

What are the ways God strengthens our faith?

Who is someone you know who needs to hear about Jesus?  How will you share what Jesus has done with this person?


Holy Bridegroom, we thank You that we can be certain we will live with You in heavenly joy forever. Through Your Word, keep us faithful to You and watchful and prepared for Your coming. In Your name we pray. Amen.


Game–a reminder about being ready. Have 2 students play a hand game: One lays hands palms down over the other whose hands are palms up. The palms up student tries to flip his hands over in time to (lightly) slap the first students hands. But the first student can try to pull her hands out in time.

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