HE’S COMING BACK
He’s coming back
The Coming of the Lord
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 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 own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till 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 each other with these words.
5 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
It’s a beautiful thing to watch a child get excited as the time for his loving dad to come home from work draws near. He stands on the couch, looking out the window waiting for the car to pull into the drive way. And when it doesn, nothing can stand in his way of running into the arms of his dad.
Likewise, there’s nothing as sad as watching a child cowering in fear because he is abused and dad represents a threat, not a joy.
Our God – our Dad – is a loving Father. Right now, Jesus is in heaven preparing a place for us (John 14). He’s getting everything ready, interceding for us. But as He promises, He will return to take us to be with Him.
Paul encourages the Thessalonians here: this is not a day that you should be fearful of or be ignorant of. Rather – the day of Christ’s return should be a day of great anticipation. While we don’t know when that day is, we should be ready, because it will come “like a thief in the night” – suddenly, without warning.
Many Christians do fear that day though. This is either because we know little about what will happen at the end of this world, we wonder if we are truly saved, whether we have done enough to earn God’s approval or whether we have sinned too much. All these things are actually irrelevant.
A CALL TO ACTION
Ask yourself this question: ‘Have I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour?’. If the answer is yes, then you get to jump on the proverbial couch and stare out the window with great anticipation of the day Jesus comes to take you with Him to the most perfect life imaginable!
A PRAYER TO PRAY
Jesus, thank you that you have gone to prepare a place for me and that you will one day come back to take me to be with you. Please help me be excited, rather than fearful, for the day that I will go to be with you in eternity. Please remind me that I am secure in you! In Jesus name, amen.