How was your yesterday, beloved reader? Since I am writing this a week and a day in advance, I cannot tell you how mine was. And, if you are reading this beyond the day it was first posted, I no idea what the day before you read this was like for me. (Sort of boggles the mind.) But reassured, beloved reader, I do care how your day was.
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
On the Sunday past (All Saint’s Day) I talked about those people I have known who have passed from this world to the next. And that as my spiritual forebearers, they taught me much. I had to check and double check that I was citing the correct passage. This passage from the epistles seems to be more akin to All Saint’s Day. But, as you have probably come to know, I can draw an assortment of means from a passage. The key word I take from this verse is “uninformed”; Paul did not want his reader to have incorrect theology in their lives.
“For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.” (Verses 14 – 15)
Any other time, without the remembrance of remembering those who have passed, it would be clearer that Paul is talking about the order of things at the last day. And that one should not assume that those who have passed away before Christ’s return will miss out being united with the Divine.
“For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (Verses 16 – 18)
I want to emphasis the final verse in this passage as well. What ever has happened, and will happen, in this world – at some point all who believe, and have believed, will be united with the Divine. That, beloved reader, is truly wisdom that we need to hold on to! Shalom & Selah!