“Therefore encourage each other with these words.” (1Thess 4:18)
As a young boy, wide-eyed and highly impressionable, I watched and listened with rapt attention when the robed choir belted out their offering of song each Sunday morning just before the pastor’s sermon. I didn’t always understand what they were singing, but it never ceased to fascinate me that they always sang with such gusto and delight.
On one particular Sunday the pastor was to preach a message on The Second Coming of Christ, with a special emphasis on the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.
“A Lamb is getting married?” I thought to myself; “This sermon oughta be really good!”
The choir rose to the occasion and delivered their best rendition of the old Gospel classic, “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder!”
My mind was fixed on the Wedding Feast, so when I heard them sing that morning I couldn’t help but think, “When the rolls are done up yonder I’ll be there.” (That’s just how my brain works.)
As I have grown over the years I’ve discovered that there are many views regarding the Second Coming; some are sensible, while others are senseless. But whatever view a person holds, one thing is agreed upon by all — Jesus is coming back.
“We have the Master’s word on it,” Paul writes. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven,” he says, “and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (vs.16,17).
The Message translation puts it this way, “Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master.” (1Th 4:18)
A Day is coming when the over-bloated pomp and circumstance of this unraveling world will fade away like a vapor in the wind. A trumpet will sound and a shout from heaven will shake the earth. And the Lord, even Jesus Himself, with descend and gather us with Him – and we shall celebrate His triumph and glory at a Feast set in the Presence of His Father!
I’m getting really hungry these days. How about you? And may I ask, if it’s not too impertinent of me, “When the rolls are done up yonder…will you be there?”