“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” I Thessalonians 4:16-17
For the Lord Himself….
I never thought about the significance of these words, until recently when it was explained to me in a new way.
Jesus left His home in Heaven, came to earth to take on human form. He grew up to be beaten and killed in a most inhumane way.
In John 14:1-3 Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Jesus went to prepare a place for those that love Him and believe in Him. And soon He will come Himself to get those that have accepted Him as Savior, and take us to be with Him throughout eternity.
And when He comes for us, He will not send angels to get us; He will come Himself, to bring us to Him.
With a shout.…
In John chapter 11, we have the account of Lazarus, who had died and who Jesus called forth from the grave. In verse 43, Jesus says, “Lazarus, come forth.”
If Jesus had not specified ‘Lazarus’ and just said “Come forth”; all the dead would have come out of the graves. Instead, Jesus called Lazarus by name, to bring him to Himself.
For the Lord Himself …. With a shout …
I have heard it more than once suggested that this shout will be Jesus calling each of us by name, telling us to come to Him.
If He is preparing a place for us, and will come back Himself to bring us to Him, do you suppose He is looking forward to that day as much as we are? Do you think that He wants us there with Him as much as we want to be there?
I think so.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19
What about you? Are you ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012