by Stephen Whitney

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Comfort at Christ's Coming (4 of 10)
Series: Authentic Faith
Stephen Whitney
I Thessalonians 4:13-18

To loose a loved one is to be wounded deep within the soul; the wound will heal, but the scar will remain. To touch the scar is to recall the memory of your loved one.

II Samuel 18:33 When David heard that his son Absalom had died in battle he wept and said, ''O my son Absalom, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son.''

The repetition of ''My son Absalom'' expresses the deep grief he felt at losing one of his sons who he deeply loved. In his grief he wished that he would have died in place of his son Absalom because the pain of losing him was more than he could bear.

Thomas Watson - ''Death is the funeral of all our sorrows.''
We all experience the death of loved ones and our grief is often in proportion to our relationship with them like David. We have to accept the fact that everyone will eventually die because of sin.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die.

The first thing Solomon names in his list is birth and death. We must accept death, but believers have the hope of eternal life.


While Paul was in Thessalonica he taught the believers that Christ would return. But his ministry was cut short when he was forced to leave the city because of persecution therefore he was not able to explain all the details about Christ's return.

During the next two years some of the believers died and there was some confusion about what would happen to them. They believed that those who had died before Christ returned missed out on the blessing of his coming. As a result, they began to grieve over the death of their loved ones like unbelievers who grieve with no hope. Paul gives them clear words of instruction about the coming of Christ to comfort them about those who died before he returned.


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