The coming of Christ is a subject that could stir
the mind of every Christian to imagine the excitement
of going home to heaven and be with the Lord for
eternity. What a blessed hope to every believer living
in this crooked and troubled world. Many believers who
are in their darkest night have an intensified desire
to be in heaven rather than to live in sufferings and
wants. On the other side, many believers living in
carnality are not mindful of going home to heaven
because they are enjoying the pleasures offered by the
world. Whether we like it or not the eminent coming of
our Savior will prevail according to His blessed plan.
In Thessalonians 4:16-18 it is written, For the
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore
comfort one another with these words.
In verse 16, the word “himself” assured us of the
certainty of our Lord’s personal coming. It will be a
sudden and glorious event. The miraculous outcome of
this awaited event will be manifested in a great way:
the dead in Christ shall rise first and we which are
alive shall be caught up with them in the air. The
Bible shows us a glimpse and beauty of this future
event that we may ponder in our hearts the love of
Christ for us, sinners, saved by His amazing grace.
Our love and mindfulness for Christ’s coming will
lead us to prepare and to do things that are pleasing
to God. As we look forward to this great day, we will
realize the wonderful impact of our Lord’s coming in
our every day Christian life.
(I) Leads Us To Purity
I Thessalonians 4:1-12
I John 2:28,29 I John 3:1-3
When we are expecting a visitor to come to our
house, we have the instinct to clean and prepare our
house to make it presentable, that we may not be put
to shame the moment our visitor arrives. How much
more, if we know that our Lord comes at any moment. Of
course, we don’t want to be caught unaware living in
sin and be put to an open shame before the holy eyes
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(II) Leads Us To More Knowledge
I Thessalonians 4:13-15
Through lack of knowledge, Christians are bound to
the ignorance of men. Apostle Paul perceived the
spiritual needs of the Thessalonians, that is why he
taught them the things they needed to know concerning
the future resurrection of every departed believer.
Every time we study the doctrine of the coming of
Christ, we are really blest by additional knowledge
that comes from the Word of God.
(III) Reminds Us Of Our Glorious Flight To Heaven
I Thessalonians 4:16,17
Our glorious flight to heaven seems unbelievable to
many, but the Bible gives us an assurance so that we,
believers, will not be led by the winds of doubts and
false teaching but be strongly grounded in the Word of
(IV) Comforts Us At All Times
I Thessalonians 4:18
We cannot deny the comforting power of the Word of
God especially when we study the awaited coming of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The more we ponder
it in our hearts, the more we are comforted. No doubt
Paul said, “Wherefore comfort one another with these
What a blessed hope we have in Christ. Any moment,
we will be meeting our Savior face to face in the air.
We must not neglect to share the Gospel of Christ to
those people living in darkness and without hope.