These last couple of years have brought about the reality of death, a very unsettling subject for most people. I’m kind of like the comedian that said, “I don’t fear death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Some of you are more than ready and some of you are not.
One of the things we do is talk a lot about theology and doctrine. We do that because a correct understanding of God’s Word helps clear the fog of life away. It helps us to make sense of what’s happening. When we get a firm grip on what He’s given us it transforms our whole understanding of both living and dying. As a believer, if you have your theology straight, you don’t have to fear death ever again.
Death is not meant to be seen as a period at the end of the sentence of life, it’s a comma.
The only thing that death ends is physical life on this earth. Everyone has eternal life – some with the Lord – some separated forever in Hell, but make no mistake, everyone will live on throughout eternity.
It was this issue of death that troubled the people of Thessalonica. They were concerned about loved ones who had died and had lots of questions. Will those believers who die get to share in the Millennial reign of Christ? Do they miss out? Will we see them again? Paul assured the early church, and us, that God never forgets us. A resurrection of both the living and the dead is coming at the Rapture of the church.
This precious truth is meant to provide us with comfort knowing that one day a great reunion will take place in the air and, “so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Are you ready?
Pastor Brian Richard