1 Thessalonians 5: 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Last week Shirley and I were going somewhere in the evening and were amazed at the appearance of the sky. It looked like the whole western sky was on fire as the sun was burning its exit reluctantly from its day of travel. It truly was a stunning view and a sharp difference from countless other evening skies.
As I read the passage above this morning this picture came to mind because a day is truly coming when all of our routine days will be ripped wide open. Jesus will return.
And at His coming there will be many who knew He'd come but never really believed He'd come...or perhaps hoped He'd never come. There are others who never factored Jesus into their picture of reality. Life has just been about themselves and their world view. To them Jesus was just another distraction or myth that foolish people attached themselves to.
But a day is coming..."the day of the Lord"...and the sky will be ripped wide open as Jesus returns. When He does come there will be many who weep with the joy of fulfilled anticipation and there will be many more who weep with the realization of judgment's arrival. It will be the time of great separation.
Where are you now? How will you respond when the sky is torn on that day?
1 Thessalonians 5: 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
"Death is inevitable. Life is a choice!"
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."