1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – 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. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – We have a “cloud-based” theology. We download from the “cloud” when we study God’s Word and pray. Someday, those who have Jesus Christ as their Savior will be “caught up together with [our loved loves who have preceded us in death] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words “
Reunited with our loved ones, and united with Christ forever. What an encouragement! But, the encouragement is not just for that future hope. It is also encouragement for here and now. In the meantime we should not wander aimlessly with our head in the “clouds.” For when He does return for us, we don’t want Him to find us idle or involved in things we should not be. We do not want to be ashamed at His appearing. I hope to see you there!