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Living With An Eye To The Sky (10 of 13)
Series: Living While Looking Up
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
Today we are back in our study of the book of 1st Thessalonians under the heading: LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP. So take your Bible and turn with me to chapter 5 where we find Paul picking up where he left off in chapter 4 describing that day when Jesus comes again.
In a few days from now we will be celebrating Christmas Day: the birth of our savior! But one of these days … perhaps sooner than you think .. we’ll be celebrating Jesus day: the return of our savior. Don’t leave Jesus in a manger! For just as surely as there was the first coming of Jesus … there is going to be the second coming of Jesus.
He came the first time to die as a sacrifice for sin and a substitute for sinners. He’s coming the second time as King of kings and Lord of lords. That’s what makes our World Mission offering so important! Our giving will help not only to prepare the world for His return .. but will also help usher in His return.
One day the doors of His church will close. And every person who comes to Jesus in salvation brings us one person closer to the return of Christ. And knowing that Jesus is coming again not only as the same person but for the same people … how we need to be living each day with an eye to the sky.
That’s what we find Paul talking about in this fifth chapter. It’s here he begins to describe “the day of the Lord.” He says in verse 2, “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” He’s describing that moment when Jesus comes for us! He compares the coming of Jesus for His saints to a thief coming to your house!
No thief will announce his break-in! A thief’s work is in secret and it’s sudden and with surprise. And when Jesus comes for His church … you can know that like a thief in the night .. His coming will be sudden and secret and with surprise!
Now we come to verse 6 wh ...
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