God’s Hope For Your Heart from 1 Thessalonians 4

JESUS WILL WELCOME YOU HOME

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.  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

No matter how dark, painful or just plain frustrating your life is, in Christ there is a future hope for you.

No matter whether you live long or die young, in Christ there is a perfect hope for you.

Jesus died to give you life abundantly right here, right now, but there are still times that the life He gives us doesn’t look the way we’d like.  Even so, in Christ there is always hope for you.

No matter how good or bad you feel about this life, it is ending day by day.  Yet, this doesn’t have to be a source of sadness.

In Christ, you are not getting closer to death; you are getting closer to true life.  In Christ, each day of your life, whether filled with pleasure or pain, brings you closer to where you truly belong.

One day, when you fill your lungs for the last time with the stale air of a broken world, your eyes will finally be opened either through death or rapture.  Then, as you breathe in the air of eternity for the first time, at last you’ll be greeted with the source of your hope: Jesus will welcome you home.

-Pastor Phillip