How to Rise Above It All
I Thessalonians 4:13
In today's Bible lesson, we find out that the Thessalonians thought that Jesus was going to come back in their lifetime.
And that none of them would have to die. But guess what? Things didn't turn out that way. Some of them died from old age.
Some of them died because of persecution. And now, the people were starting to say, "Wait a minute!
I thought Jesus said he was going to come back! Where is he? And since my loved one just died and missed the second coming, what's going to happen to them? Where are they? Are they lost forever? Will I ever get to see them again?"
And in this passage, Paul is writing to alleviate their worries. And to give them comfort and hope. I want you to pick up a pencil from the pew rack. And look at verse 13 in your bulletin or Bible.
It says, "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope." I want you to circle three phrases.
Underline the word "ignorant." Underline the word "grieve." And Underline the phrase "no hope."
These are the three major problems that people have who don't understand the Second Coming of Christ.
Ignorance. Grief. And hopelessness.
And Paul's just trying to say, "Look. I don't want you to go through the rest of your life like that. I don't want you to walk around with a sad expression but glad expression on your face.
I don't want you to shrug your shoulders and say, "There's nothing left for me to live for." I just feel like calling it quits. That's the way non-Christians talk, because they don't have a clue about the afterlife.
But we do! We know that there is life after death. We know that there is hope beyond the grave!"
AND THE FIRST THING THAT PAUL SAYS TO THESE PEOPLE AND SAYS TO US IS, " IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT THEN YOU HATH TO:
I. LIVE IN EXPECTATION
1. In face of dea ...
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