The Lamb of God, The Resurrection, Faith, and The Last Things = HOPE

Well, this post is a conglomerate of the past week and a half. From our Passover service on Thursday April 1 to last Sunday’s Resurrection services and then on to the resumption of our studies in 1 Thessalonians we have a single theme. Jesus as the fulfillment of all that God has intended toward His people from before the foundation of the earth.

Our text today was 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 a great place to pick up after our celebration of the Resurrection. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” God’s great timing gave me a chance to bring all of this together as we move to the next section of 1 Thessalonians.  As the new Believers in Thessalonica were struggling to understand death and how it related to their faith and hope in Christ’s return Paul wanted to give them hope so that they would be able to live for Christ. Hope is really faith that looks forward. That means that as we trust in God’s faithfulness and remember what He has already accomplished as He has worked out the plan of redemption that He began before the world was (Revelation 13:8) we can be sure that He will carry it to completion.

The Resurrection is just one of many wonderful proofs of God’s faithfulness and ability. Looking at the idea of resurrection and our own relationship to it, we find that it points wonderfully to a personal hope as our own eschatology is being realized. Our own eschatology? Realized? what is all of that about? Jesus did not die or rise for Himself. Our Bibles foretold that He would do all of this for His people. As we believe the message of the Gospel Jesus tells us in John 5:24  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”  As we believe our own stake in God’s promises goes from unrealized to realized. We already possess eternal life though it is not complete, death is the next phase of God’s plan to bring us to its completion. Therefore Jesus is coming back with His saints at the end of the age and they will always be with Him. Death becomes the entry point of true life. Therefore it is not by any means a hopeless situation! On the contrary, it is the next step in our eschatology. Our intermediate state ultimately becomes our eternal state as Christ fulfills His promise to return, raise His saints bodily and bring in the New Heavens and the New Earth. Being in Christ is the key, “God will bring with Him those who sleep
in Jesus
” (1 Thessalonians 4:14) Those who are outside of Christ will likewise end up on the side of His judgment rather than His love.

This is what “eschatology” is really all about. I pray that you will listen to the messages below and that as you get the idea of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection that you take it to the next step, believing God’s great and precious promises and that your eschatology is realized, that you might pass from death to life and await the return of Jesus with hope and excitement!

Audio of these messages is available on my website; on the Sermons Page
Passover Service Part 1
Passover Service Part 2
The Lamb of God – John 1:29 – Son-Rise Service
Faith in the Finished Work – John 19-20 – Resurrection Day Service
Sorrowing in Hope – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 – 4-11-10

In Christ!

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