READ: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Appended
I will come again and receive you to Myself. —John 14:3
At the beginning of March, my friend began a countdown. Marked on the calendar
in her office were the 20 days left until the first day of spring. One morning
when I saw her, she volunteered, “Only 12 more days!” A few days later, “Only
6!” Her enthusiasm started to rub off on me, and I began to keep track as well.
“Just 2 more days, Jerrie!” “I know!” she beamed.
As believers, we have something to look forward to that is even more exciting
than the anticipation of budding flowers and lots of sunshine after a long
winter. God has made many promises in His Word, and each one has been or will be
fulfilled. But the certainty that Christ will return is one of the greatest
promises of all. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. . . . 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 we’ll be with Him forever (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
Although no one can know the exact day, we have God’s promise that Jesus will
come back (Acts 1:7-11). As we celebrate the spring and coming Easter season,
let’s encourage each other in anticipation of that day! —Cindy Hess Kasper
He is coming! Oh, the rapture
To behold His lovely face,
And to tell Him how I love Him,
Who has saved me by His grace. —Dimmock
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Believers Who Have Died 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be
uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the
rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen
asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are
still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not
precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down
from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the
trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we
who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18
Therefore encourage one another with these words.
hrist is coming—perhaps today!