Message of the Day: Christ’s Return, Our Hope
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13, NIV)
Among the Thessalonians, some were worried that those in their church who had died would not share in the return of Christ and the final triumph of his kingdom. Paul assures them that they will share in his return just as they share in his death and resurrection. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)
Christ’s return is the great event that Christians hope for. The second coming of Christ is viewed as the climax and culmination of His redemptive work. It is considered by most to be a literal, bodily return of Christ as he gathers his church. We do not grieve for fellow Christians who have died, because we have hope – the resurrection!
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