For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NKJV
The Lords return will be a spectacular thing. He will descend from heaven again, but this time with a shout heard all over the world! His voice will carry so much power and authority it will be unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. Every person on the earth will see and hear this happen.
Think about those who are still alive when the Lord comes (and it could be you and me!). They’ll get to see it all. Not only will they witness this event first hand, they’ll be part of the unfolding scene. It says in today’s verse those “who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air”. The people of faith who died before the Lord’s return, will be with Him when He comes for the rest of us. Some family reunions get pretty high, on alcohol, when they’re together. None have gotten this high before! This reunion will be flying high in the sky with our Lord, Jesus Christ holding us up! Talk about a family reunion!
Why talk about when the Lord comes back? What’s the big deal? I came to know Christ through crisis. As a result, it was hard for me to think about heaven and what it would be like when Christ came again. All of my thoughts were spent on my current pain and trying to find a way out of that pain. However, as the Lord began to heal, it was as if a veil was lifted and my eyes could now see beyond the pain. Slowly and consistently, He began teaching me about eternity.
Now, after almost 6 years of walking with Christ, I rejoice as thoughts of heaven pass through my mind. What a blessing, to be freed from the pain and able to see the wonderful future the Lord has in store for us after this life is over! Look at the last part of today’s verse: “Therefore, comfort one another with these words.” Oh, what comfort they are!
Lord,we anxiously wait your coming again. Thank you for loving us and calling us to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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