Keep Your Eye on The Sky - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Keep Your Eye on The Sky

 

April 28

 

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (ESV)

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

 

Reflect

How do these verses offer believers both comfort and hope?

 

When Jesus ascended to heaven, He didn’t just go up in a cloud in the sky and leave us here forever. He left us with a promise. He will come back for us!

 

In Acts 1:6-11, we read of how Jesus charged His disciples with being His witnesses to the ends of the earth and then He was lifted up on a cloud and was taken to heaven. Afterward, angels appeared to the disciples and told them that Jesus will someday return in the same way they saw him go up. He went up into the sky and He will come back down to us from the sky.

 

Today’s verses confirm this information but add even more details. Paul assures us that Jesus will descend from heaven with a loud cry and a trumpet call. But then we read even more exciting details. Paul says, “the dead in Christ will rise first.” But aren't those who are dead already with Jesus? Yes and no. We believe that when a believer dies they are “absent from the body but present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8) This presence with the Lord is a spiritual one rather than a bodily one. When a loved one dies, they leave their bodies behind but the Bible reassures us that their spirits are with the Lord.

 

When Jesus returns, those who have already died in Him will rise first and receive resurrected bodies. Believers in Jesus who are still alive will then rise into the air and meet the Lord in the sky! Isn’t that an amazing thing to think about? Can you imagine the moment when we get to gaze upon the Lord? And with glorified bodies?

 

As if that weren’t enough to wonder at and hope for, Paul made one last comment that should bring our hearts everlasting hope. He said, “and so we will always be with the Lord” (v. 17). There will no longer be any separation between God and us. Plus, we’ll all be together. Who’s “we”? All believers. Yes, that means a great reunion in the sky will take place. While we don’t know all of the details of how this reunion will take place, we will recognize our family and friends who have died. We will no longer live separated from them either!

 

Friends, death is a part of life on earth. But in Jesus Christ, we have much to hope for! Keep your eye on the sky. Jesus IS coming back for us. And when He does, we will never be separated again.

 

Pray

Lord Jesus, Your promises are comforting. I know that I will see my believing loved ones again and that death is not the end. What hope I have in You that one day, I will get to meet You face to face! I am eagerly waiting for that moment! Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Jesus is coming back again... Sing halleluiah to the Lord. I like this song very much. Yes we have a God of hope and His Kingdom reigneth over all. thank you Jesus
My Lord, thank You very much that after all is said and done, You will be returning to receive us unto Yourself. Help me to live a life of faith until that day when You return for me. Thank You Jesus.
Hallelujah, Jesus is coming again.
Hallelujah!
My sister-in-law died yesterday whom I will meet her with Jesus Christ, daddy, mommy, sister, two brothers and a host of relatives and friends when I see my Lord God! I will be so glad that to see My Lord Jesus Christ whom will,be a Blessing to my Soul....I'm 86 now...Praised The Lord! Amen!
An amazing promise with much to look foreword to as well. We must do our part .
Thank you, Jesus!😍
I believe there’s going to be a whole lot going on, tribulations, resurrections, trumpets and us right there with our Lord asleep or awakening if that be the time or in one of those resurrections for His Kingdom or judgment. I want to always be ready and help with His Kingdom anyway He needs. I want a job assigned by Jesus .. Maureen you’ll do this; wow! How wonderful it will be! Amen!
Oh yes how beautiful it will be, everlasting life with our Lord. Amen!
From the moment you die, you are with the Lord if you are a believer. Our mortal bodies die, but our spirit is instantly with the Lord. Later, when he comes to gather the living believers, those who have died will have their bodies rise up from the grave to meet him first, before those still alive on earth. These bodies will now be incorruptible. The Lord will have made them anew. So yes, when a believer dies, you will be with the Lord, with a new glorious body. 🙏
I am a little confused by this verse in the Bible, as well as today’s post. Is this saying that if someone has died or dies today, they do not ascend to be with the Lord at that moment? Is this saying that those who have does remain dead until Jesus comes back? It is my great understanding that we ascend to be with the Lord, as believers, when we die. This Bible verse has always left me with these questions.
We are to encourage each other with this verse as it stated. Jesus I Praise and Thank You for Your Faithfulness Promises Word and Truth. Father I still believe and know that time is belongs to You not us. For all Thinks are done in Your Will Way Path Light and Perfect Timing. Lord Thank You for You who lives within us is great than he who is living in this world. Father You tell us were are a "Spirit" living in an out casing of a body. We long for that day when You come again to take us "Home" with You and our Loved ones. Please remind us Father we are all "One" Family that belongs to You. I will keep looking up at You Jesus not down, for sky clouds air we're breathing is You. Out of all pain trials valleys we long for that day when You return. As I have said before Father I Pray when that day comes Jesus You will say to me/us well done my child. Father Thank You for being alive within us and reminding us each new day Your Mercy's and Grace are made New. In Jesus name Amen
Even before Jesus' ascension in Acts 1, He prepared them for His departure by promising the 3rd person of the Trinity as a "comforter". Taken together, the promise of God's presence within a person (comforter, teacher, advisor) , coupled with the assurance of resurrection to a life in God's presence, free of the power and presence of sin provides hope far beyond that of any philosophy or religion designed by man. Only the sacrificial love and sacrifice of God's son provides such magnificent hope.
Amen, i am a strong beliver that i will see my love one's in the after life.
Amen
Oh what a wonderful time that will be!!
Hallelujah!!!
Praise God that He's got abundant MERCY!
praise god for that wonderful hope....
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This give me comfort snfhope that Jesus is coming bqck to tske me home to be with him for all enternatiy.
AMEN what a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see
For comfort, I often resort to a special glimpse from the Book of Revelation, “...I saw underneath the altar [thusiastērion] the souls of those who had been killed because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained.” I often revel in the thought that these special souls, separated from their old bodies, are near the presence of God. (“Under the alter” is a reference to a place of sacrificial offering to God.) Though we are promised resurrection and told to be patient, we are never far from our God.... Come Lord Jesus, come!!! Amen!
Thank you, Lord. Amen, Amen and Amen.
Glory be to God. Truth...Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
Amen. Our living hope.
I WILL LOVE BEING WITH MY LORD IN HEAVEN AND MEETING FAMILY AND HUSBAND AND FRIENDS. MEETING MY LORD IS NUMBER #1..
I'm thankful that we have a hope that there will be a reunion in the sky for those of us who are alive when Jesus returns.
Such a beautiful reminder. Amen!🙏🏻💗
Lord Jesus come today please come today. You will take away all tears, pain and suffering! I said that over 45 years ago and meant it. But oh how precious it is to know that Jesus has a perfect plan and will return at the right time. My children and grandchildren now have the joy of longing for Jesus. In the time before he comes Jesus said he would never leave us along. He sent his Holy Spirit to live in us now. What a great God and savior we have. I love you Jesus and I pray I may glorify your name today. Amen
Amen I cannot wait for this day
Amen
Amen
Jesus thank you for forgiveness of our sins !!!
Jesus we 💕💕💕 you 💝💝💝
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
Very comforting. AMEN.
Amen, Praise God!