For the Lord himself will come down from heaven . . . After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds . . . Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16,17,18
The Joy of Heaven
As a kid, I’d tie or safety-pin a blanket around my neck to create a makeshift cape. Like many children, I wanted to be Superman or some other superhero who could fly. But it’s not just children. It seems that practically from the time Adam named the birds of the air, humans have dreamt of flying.
While the Wright brothers made human flight possible with the assistance of an aircraft, on the Last Day, Jesus will make human flight possible without any aircraft. Can you imagine what that will be like? How exciting!
But the excitement of flying will soon be overshadowed by an even greater thrill. It’s not so much that we are caught up in the air that will make the Last Day exciting, rather, it’s with whom we get to fly. We get to fly with our loved ones who have died in the Lord before us. We will be “caught up together with them in the clouds.” Imagine the joy. Perhaps the best way I can picture it is open seating on Southwest Airlines. If you board early, you watch the passengers go by, wondering who will sit next to you. Maybe it will even be someone semi-famous. How exciting! Can you imagine the joy and excitement if your loved one who has died in the Lord walked down the aisle and sat next to you? After getting over the shock, you wouldn’t be able to wipe the smile off your face.
That’s part of the joy of the day Jesus returns. You will be reunited with your loved ones. Therefore, be encouraged by these words. Be encouraged that your King is coming, and he’ll take you into the air to be with your loved ones.
Dear Jesus, fill me with joy and anticipation as I look forward to the reunion in the sky with my loved ones who have died in the Lord. Amen.
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