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Fear Factors

We who have experienced a loss of a loved one, need not grieve like those who have no hope! Jesus gives hope!

Fear of the Future – The Need for Clarity
No Need to be Ignorant

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13

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.

In our first week of December, we dealt with the universal fear of death. This weeks’ theme ties in closely – our fear of the future includes our future death. The Apostle Paul was addressing this fear in our scripture for today. He is focusing on the questions that many believers were having concerning the death of a loved one. He wants us to be informed – not ignorant of the facts – thus Paul speaks with clarity.

First, believers in Jesus Christ – those who have followed Him in this life, will die with great hope. We who are left behind need not grieve like those who have no hope! We grieve their loss and will miss them, but our loss is very temporary!

Second, those that have died as Christ followers will be a part of the rapture. When Jesus comes back to this earth to gather His followers, these that have died before will join in the “parade” back to Heaven. They will all be a part of this glorious event! They will come with Jesus, from the four corners of Heaven down to us and then lead all who are still alive back to our eternal home with God.

Third, though not in today’s devotional, this passage goes on to tell us that a loud voice of the arch angel will sound as well as a trumpet call of God. Both the dead and the living will hear this sound, signifying the end of the age. And so, we will be with our Lord forever!

Father, I can hardly imagine what all this will be like. Thanks for giving us a little glimpse of our future in you! In Jesus’ Name, amen.