GREAT HOPE! GREAT FUTURE! GREAT REUNION! GREAT PROMISE! GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT! How much greater can things get? The Apostle Paul explains all this to us in these words, “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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Therefore encourage one another with these words,” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV).
Our great promise from God is that Jesus is returning to earth at some time while Christians are still living on earth. We do not know the date this will happen but God’s Word states it could happen at any time. That gives us great hope while we live among hopeless people in a too hopeless world. But what about those who have lived and died having this hope? They are not forgotten nor will they miss that great day. Those Christians who die physically and precede this day will take part in this great event by being resurrected and joining those who are alive. Together we will rise and meet Jesus in the air. No wings or space vehicle needed. Just a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who furnishes all the power we need. And what a future to look forward to; an eternity with Jesus! As Jesus said before; He is preparing our heavenly home and when He returns we will go to be where He is. Promises fulfilled!