We are one day closer to the return of the One who coming to bring us home, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Keep looking up!

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him,…” – 2 Thessalonians 2:1

It may be hard to believe, but there are many people, even in the church, who do not understand what Paul is meaning here. We know the Lord is coming, but what is this gathering? Well, this exciting event is what we are patiently waiting and longing for as believers in Jesus Christ. I could give you my thoughts on it, but I think it’s best to let Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, give the explanation.

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 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. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” – 1 Corinthians 15:50-53

“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

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

What can I add to THAT! We serve an awesome Lord who IS coming again! Until then, whenever it may be, it would be good for us to be like Enoch. “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24).

Lord Jesus, may we keep our eyes on things above while we work for You here on earth, as we wait for Your return! Amen.

May the Lord bless you all on our Mission today, and every day!

Brother Rick


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