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My friends, we want you to understand how it will be for those followers who have already died. Then you won’t grieve over them and be like people who don’t have any hope. We believe that Jesus died and was raised to life. We also believe that when God brings Jesus back again, he will bring with him all who had faith in Jesus before they died. Our Lord Jesus told us that when he comes, we won’t go up to meet him ahead of his followers who have already died. With a loud command and with the shout of the chief angel and a blast of God’s trumpet, the Lord will return from heaven. Then those who had faith in Christ before they died will be raised to life. Next, all of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the sky. From that time on we will all be with the Lord forever. Encourage each other with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
When Jesus returns it will be the dawning of a New Day for everyone who is waiting for Him! I usually get up before the sun comes up in the morning and it is true that those hours before sunrise seem to be the darkest of all.
Then the sky begins to lighten and even the birds sing because they know that the coming of the sun is just on the horizon.
That's the way it is for followers of Jesus Christ. We know that the coming of the Son is just on the horizon.
He will come quickly, if you are very young or you have reached the number of years appointed to man. As someone who has almost reached the three score and ten mark, I can tell you that all those years go by very quickly and then you must confront the joyous or stark reality that this life on earth is nearly gone!
If you are ready for the return of Jesus, then the prospect of seeing Him is a happy thought. If you are not ready, this is the moment to turn your whole heart over to Jesus. That is what He wants from you. Give it to Jesus now!
"Lord Jesus I want to be filled with the joy of waiting for Your return. Take the gift of my heart and open it to the wonders of loving You today. And may You, Lord Jesus be praised forever. Amen."