Saturday, January 01, 2011

We Will See Them Again

If the Lord is their Savior the end is not the end.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Don't get as upset as the rest of the world when you experience the loss of a loved one, sure it isn't easy and you should mourn but it shouldn't be the same as those that have no hope of ever seeing their loved ones again.

When you witness the funeral of a person that has a personal relationship with Christ and contrast that with the funeral of somebody that doesn't have that relationship, what an incredible difference in funerals.

Since Jesus took care of the sin problem in my life I have the opportunity to spend eternity with him and with my family and friends. There is no greater comfort than knowing that the end is not the end, I will meet my creator face to face and I will be with my loved ones that know him, as the song by Big Daddy Weave says:
"When I say my last farewell oh, please don't forget to tell them, that I'm not really dead I'm just changing neighborhoods"
Thank you Lord for the most awesome gift ever! Give me opportunities and give me boldness to share with those that don't have the gift yet.