Today's Daily Bread
OUR RESURRECTION HOPE
1 Thessalonians 4:14
1. Our Lord Jesus will come again (4:13-17)
Apart from Christ, we have no hope after death. But Christ gives us hope. He died and was raised back to life. Jesus' resurrection guarantees that everyone who believes in him, whether asleep or alive, will also live with him and be with him forever (Jn 14:19). One day Jesus himself will come again in a dramatic, unmistakable way. The dead in Christ will be raised to life first. Then those who are still alive will be taken with him. This is our glorious hope as believers!
2. Be awake and sober (5:1-11)
We do not know when Jesus will return. However, we must not be deceived by any worldly illusion of peace and safety. Spiritually ignorant people live in darkness and act accordingly. They will be surprised at Jesus' return. Believers in Jesus are children of the light who are spiritually awake and sober. We prepare for Jesus' return by putting on the spiritual armor of faith, love and hope. God appointed us to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ and one day, we shall live together with him.