13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 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. 17 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. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. I Thessalonians 4:13-18
March Break starts next week and many people take the opportunity to fly off to warmer places with their kids for a week. Most do not of course, and in the community where Thistletown lives and works most of the residents wouldn’t be able to afford such a luxury. You can take the song below as kind of a wish to be able to afford to take off for a week.
But it refers to something much better than that.
Believers look forward to flying off one day to be with Jesus. Some days it just feels like this would be a good time for it to happen. If you ever feel like today would be a good day for Jesus to come back and put an end to the sin and cruelty and corruption and nonsense; if you long to be free from the sin that marks you; if some days all that keeps you going is the Christian hope; don’t give up. The hope is real. It is sure. God has not forgotten you.
Christian hope is not an invention by religious folk to help the troubled manage an unmanageable life. Christian hope is looking forward to what we do not have yet but know with certainty because God cannot lie that something better is on its way.
So here’s an old classic just for you this morning. I hope you enjoy it.