God’s Word clearly tells us that one day Christ is going to come back. The Bible also clearly reveals to us that that day will be a GREAT day for some but a TERRIFYING day for others.
For some, this is the good news of that day: “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. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep. 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. 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. 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. Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
For others, this is the sad news of that day: “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
So which will it be for you? Which will it be for me?
If you’ve obeyed the gospel of the Lord and are in Christ, be encouraged and look forward to His return!
But if you’ve not obeyed the gospel of the Lord and are not a Christian, read the text again and allow the fear of God and His loving mercy to move your heart to obedience in faith. God’s grace is amazing and there is great hope and joy in becoming one of His children.
Are you ready for that day to come? Let’s be ready. Choose God. Choose eternal life with the Lord.