Friday, December 23, 2016

Day 23 - The Return of Jesus

There is no "Seek and Find" in today's painting.  What would you add if you were the artist?

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.  We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.  Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. — 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (NLT)  

      God’s plan is still playing out.  For many believers, life on earth will end and they will move on to Heaven.  But for those who are alive when He comes, here is what will happen.  God’s trumpet will sound, and Jesus Christ will come in the clouds.  He will come with a shout and call Christians who have died to rise from their graves.  Then, Christians who are alive will be raised up in the sky, right to where He is!  Does that make you want to praise God?  Do you want to say, “Thank You” to think that we will never be separated again when He comes?  We will see Him face to face when He calls His children to be by His side.  Then, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, we will be changed.  We will have new bodies that are made for eternity – never to sin or be sick or die.  Are you His child?  Do you belong to Him?  Are you excited about spending eternity with the One who gave His life so we can live forever?

Today's Prayer

     Lord, You tell us Jesus will come back when we aren’t expecting Him.  When He comes, we’ll probably be living like any other day.  Please help us to watch faithfully for You, so we aren’t taken by surprise.  Please help us be ready to welcome You with great joy.

Today's Activity:

     Ask the children what they think they will do on their first day in Heaven.  Have them draw a picture of it.

Seek & Find Answer to the question in the painting above:
There is no “Seek & Find” in today’s painting.  What would you add if you were the artist?

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