The power of Hope
We need hope. Grief, we will always have with us.
Losses in our life bring grief and point to our need for hope. Death is the ultimate test of hope. And death is with us in our world. Death of loved ones, and even our own death is sobering to think about. And the statistics point to the wisdom of giving serious thought to life after death.
This was the case in the first century church located in Thessalonica, Macedonia. The brothers and sisters there needed some encouragement. Consistent with the truth they had been taught, they fully expected Jesus to return, and soon. Then life went on and still Jesus hadn’t come back. Loved ones still died and the people didn’t know how to apply the hope promised to the grief experienced.
We still deal with grief today. And we still need the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. God’s Word brings to us a hope that enables us to grieve well. It’s true, death still stings. And it is real. Yet there is hope. We, as followers of Jesus, need to know how to live with hope, even when grief enters our experience.
Consider the Scripture passage included below. Be encouraged in the hope of Jesus Christ.
1Th. 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 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. 17Then 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. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.