PART 3: WHEN HE COMES AGAIN
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
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)
This month, we’ve remembered Christ’s first coming as an infant on Christmas Day and His coming into our lives personally. Both points in time have changed the course of history.
As a follower of Christ, you have an even greater hope to look to, long for and anticipate.
Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again, is coming back someday to make all things new.
The Bible calls Christians “pilgrims” or “sojourners” in this world, meaning it is not their permanent home. While you are here, you are to wage war against sin and be the light of Christ to a broken world. But in the end there will be only joy and peace in the presence of the true King.
Join us during this last week of Advent to read about the hope that is promised when Jesus returns and to celebrate Christmas with that hope in mind.
What do you imagine it will be like when Jesus returns as King of Kings?