Friday after Advent 4

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17  

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

When Jesus comes again, none of His followers will be forgotten or ignored. Those who have died will rise first, then those are alive at the time of the Second Coming will be caught up in the clouds with Jesus Himself, along with the dead who have been raised. Jesus will announce Himself and sound a trumpet so we can’t miss Him. Our job is to be ready so we aren’t left behind.

Father God, we can’t envision the return of Jesus. He will be clothed with so much power and might and glory that we can’t comprehend it. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to be ready. Maranatha, Lord Jesus, come quickly!

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