The followers of Jesus were showing signs of disappointment and concern. He had just let them know he would be leaving soon. These were the men who left jobs and families, and just about everything from their former lives, just to follow Jesus. Now he announces he is leaving.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 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? 3 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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Do you think often about the return of Jesus? Where will you be and what will you be doing when that happens? Will you feel a joyous excitement? Will you be afraid? (Those questions are for you to consider in some private time.......but please give them some consideration.)
From looking at the scripture about end times and the return of our Lord, there are some important things we can know now about that time.
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. 14 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. 15 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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Acts 1 gives us the account of Jesus leaving this earth, and the verses we are considering today let us know about his return. This week, we will be looking at those things the Bible tells us about Jesus coming back. Be sure you read the blog every day.