1 Thessalonians 4
15 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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
You have to love the first words of this section, “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord.” We know that Paul’s writing were inspired by the Holy Spirit, but he just wanted to make sure we knew this in a few places and this was one of them. How important it is for us to know that this life is not all that there is and that God has not forgotten nor forsaken us but is coming again, as the angels said at Christ’s ascension. My friends, be assured that Jesus is coming back to receive us unto Himself.
In the difficult hours of this life we have a sure promise of a better life to come. In the worst moments of life we have an anticipation that our Lord could come at that difficult moment and take us out of it. He is coming again!
Paul wants us to be aware that Jesus will come with a shout and with a trumpet. I believe that only those who know Him will hear that shout and will rise to that trumpet. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice…” Those who have rejected Christ in life will not hear His upward call. But those of us who have spent out lives listening to the voice of God through His word and know what submission to the Holy Spirit is, the upward call, the shout of the Lord Jesus, will be as welcome as the dinner call to a hungry teenager.
Then, once we have been taken into our Lord’s presence, with all of the dead who have died in the Lord, we will be with our Lord and with each other forever. Doesn’t this promise help us put up with drama of this life? And then, Paul tells us that we are to comfort one another with these words. Be comforted my friends. Jesus is coming again and He is going to take us with Him to be with Him forever and ever. Be comforted.
Susan Brown’s surgery went well. I saw her and Gary yesterday. She will be in a neck brace for 10-12 weeks. She feels good but looks forward to a full night’s sleep. Thanks for your prayer for her.
Tonight is our Wednesday night opportunities for Bible study and for prayer. One of the items our church wanted to improve on was our prayer together. Remember that if you cannot come at 7:00 come at 7:45 for prayer. We changed this around for those of you who work late but would like to pray with the church.
This Sunday we will have the Korean couple singing with us. They were with us a two years ago and blessed our hearts with their song.
Have a great day in the Lord,