Jesus is coming back – and I believe it will be soon. People have always doubted that He would (v.3-4). He says He’s coming – but nothing has changed since the beginning of time – where is He? The problem is, they forgot that God – who created the world – always has a plan, and that He does things in His time. His time is different from ours – to Him, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. That’s how it is when you live outside of time. But make no mistake – Jesus is coming back for His church. Jesus will come like a thief does – when no when expects it.
How will that happen?
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
Since we know this is going to happen – emanate – at any moment – this should effect how we live (v.11). We should live our days like we will see Jesus tonight.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 2 Peter 3:14
Why hasn’t Jesus come back already? He’s giving people time to be saved. (v.15). It’s so important for us to make getting that message to our friends and family our top priority. Time is running out.
So… thinking all of this through should motivate us to:
- Live holy
- Think heavenly (Philippians 3:20-21)
- Witness hastily
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor