In a Reader’s Digest interview, Muhammad Ali states, “One day we’re all going to die, and God is going to judge us, our good deeds and our bad deeds. If the bad outweighs the good, you go to hell. If the good outweighs the bad, you go to heaven.” That was the philosophy he lived by. At the end of each day Ali would ask himself, “If God were to judge me based on just what I did today, would I go to heaven or hell?” To live one’s whole life with the uncertainty of never knowing whether one’s final destiny is that of heaven or hell is not only sad, it is unnecessary. It is tragic to live one’s life without the assurance that faith in Jesus Christ can bring. For those who place their trust in Him, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 brings a word of confident assurance.
Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Now I know that you may not want to talk or think about death today. One of the things that all people have in common is that we don’t like to think about death. Death is usually the last thing we want to talk about. And yet, life being what it is, we can’t walk away from it. This message tackles the subject of death, but only in the context of our Christian hope. Seeing how Christ has transformed death for believers, and knowing that the next “stop” on God’s prophetic calendar is a reunion in the sky with Christ and with those who have died in the Lord, that is comfort!
Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Throughout the New Testament, the Bible describes the relationship of the church with Christ by using the analogy of a bride and groom. This bride-groom relationship plays itself from the beginning to the end of the New Testament, prophetically as well. Identifying the stages of the ancient Jewish wedding can enhance our understanding of prophecy and our own role in it. We are all familiar with the phrase, “Here comes the bride,” but the New Testament emphasis is “Here comes the groom!”
Scripture reference: John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18