Scripture for Today – April 12, 2007 – The Coming of Jesus

Dear Christian,

The theme this week is resurrection, and I have found this following passage encouraging. I hope you will too. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (ESV)

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

There are days or weeks I need especially to be encouraged by these words. Amidst all the carrying on, the ugliness and animosity and greed that rules the airways and abounds around us, along with the loss and suffering and disappointment we may experience ourselves, yet I find life rich and beautiful and worth celebrating. But this richness and beauty only makes me long more for the trumpet sound, when good and rightness and love and joy and peace and beauty will abound, when we will see Him, and become like him. These words comfort. Come, Lord Jesus.

In Christ,

Joel

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