READ : 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Thousands of curious stone boxes litter the slope of the Mount of Olives. What are they? Grave markers. Since the time of the patriarchs, the Mount of Olives has served as a massive cemetery. And not just for Jews either. There are sections for Muslims, as well as Christians. Some proponents of all three major religions agree that when the Messiah comes, or comes again, He will stand upon that hillside and call the dead from their tombs.
As we walked among the thousands of stone markers, I tried to imagine what that day will be like. The archangel’s shout, the trumpet blast and Jesus coming on the clouds of the air. A day of great joy and great terror. Overwhelming joy for the saints of God as they greet their returning Savior. Mind-numbing fear as the wicked come face to face with their Judge. Worship and wailing blending in a chorus of praise to the King of Kings.
Friends, let me share a truth with you. You will be there. Everyone who has ever lived will be gathered on that day. The question is not whether or not the dead are raised. All will rise on that “great gettin’ up morning.” No, the only question to be answered is, “Where are you headed?” And that question will be decided one way or another before you die. Now is the time to settle your eternal destination.
Discuss: Are you ready for that day?
Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen.