That Glorious Day
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2
When the apostle Paul planted a church in Thessalonica, he had little time to establish the new believers in their faith. According to Acts 17:2, he was driven from town by a persecuting mob after two or three weeks of teaching. But evidently Paul left the Thessalonians with a deep belief in our Lord’s return. They were so eager to learn more about the Second Coming that Paul wrote two letters to them—1 and 2 Thessalonians—answering questions and stoking their anticipation for the Lord’s soon appearing in the clouds of glory.
Those letters are for us too. They are full of information about the Rapture of the Church, the resurrection of the dead, and the return of Christ.
Imagine how excited those early believers were to receive Paul’s letters and soak in his teaching. We, too, should eagerly digest every word in Scripture about our Lord’s promised return, to better anticipate the moment of His coming for us. How differently we’d live if, like the Thessalonians, our hearts were seized with anticipation for that glorious day!
I am waiting for the coming of the Lord who died for me; / Oh, His words have thrilled my spirit, “I will come again for thee.” S. Trevor Francis, hymnist
Children of the Light, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study