“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
I preached a funeral a while back. A man in our church died; he was a dear and beloved man. I sat there. I saw all those flowers. I saw the children. I saw the grandchildren. I watched that sweet widow who lived with that man for so long, and they had both come up to a full, ripe age. These folks had lived together for more than fifty years. I watched her as she just put her hand on his coat sleeve, gave it a little tug, and then turned and walked away.
And I thought, “How terrible it must be to be an atheist.” This woman wasn’t; she was a true believer. But what do atheists do in times like that? Is this all it is? Are we just going to get sick and die and go into the ground and that’s it? No! Jesus is coming again. His first coming without the Second Coming would be like an engagement without a wedding. No, He is coming again, and I thank God for that.
Take time today to encourage someone you know who is struggling, with the reminder of Jesus’s promised return.