Thursday, August 11, 2016

When Jesus Returns (part 3)

The return of Jesus is an event that is ever on the hearts and minds of those who love the Lord.  While we have looked together at some scripture on the subject the last few days, we have in no way attempted to totally exhaust the subject.  I'm hoping these three blogs will serve as a stimulant for the Body of Christ, the church, to help us in overcoming the inclination of making the world we live in more important than the eternal which awaits.  Here are some ways of accomplishing just that:

1.  Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."   Matthew 6:19-21   Our treasure should be in heaven!

2.  Jesus promised to return to receive us unto himself.  "My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.   John 14:2-4   Jesus promised his return, and we can count on it.!

3. Those who die before the return of Jesus will be raised first.  "and the dead in Christ will rise first."  1 Thessalonians 4:16   The cemeteries are going to be a "happening place."

4.  Those who are still living when Jesus returns will meet him in the air.  " 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."  1 Thessalonians 4:17   We are going to fly!

I am hoping these studies will help you keep your heart fixed on things above.  We have looked at several scriptures from the pen of Paul.  There is one more that comes to mind as being equally as descriptive as the ones we have already seen.  " Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed52 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. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  1 Corinthians 15:51-54

I pray that victory is yours.

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