HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

September 20/1Thessalonians 5

Verses 1-2 > Nobody knows exactly when the Lord will come back but if you believe in Jesus you know that he will come back because he said he would.

John 14:1–3 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

The Lord is coming back because he wants us to be with him. A thief comes to take what doesn’t belong to him but the Lord is coming back to take what does belong to him > Us! Yea! A thief is subtle and sneaky because he knows he isn’t supposed to be doing what he is doing. Our Lord will make known to the whole world when he comes because he is doing what is supposed to be done.I suppose one of the reasons that God didn’t want us to know the time is so that we would live trusting him and stay in a state of expectancy which segues us into the next verse.

Verse 3 > Just like a pregnant lady knows that she is going to give birth to a new baby we have that same assurance we are going to have new bodies when Jesus comes back. Just like a pregnant lady knows that giving birth will be painful and it will be worth it; we know that this life can be painful but enduring it will be worth it when Jesus comes back. Just like there is no escape from the pregnancy there is no escape from Jesus coming back. This is good news for us but not good news for the ‘them’ in this verse. The them are those who don’t believe in Jesus and they don’t believe us when we tell them that Jesus will be coming back. They just believe that they are safe and secure and life will go on as it has for 2,000 yrs since Jesus was here.

Verse 4 > Those who don’t know Jesus are going to be caught by surprise on the day he comes back just like the flood in Noah’s day caught them by surprise even though Noah told them it was coming. Sodom and Gomorrah were caught by surprise also. We aren’t in the dark about these things because we know what the bible says.

Psalm 119:105 (NLT) — 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Verse 5 > Children of the dark are unbelievers who refuse to come to the Light of the World > Jesus. They make fun of those who believe he is coming back.

2 Peter 3:3–4 (NLT) — 3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

I believe many Christians are ready to go to heaven but they are not really ready to meet the Lord. They have forgotten about the Judgment seat of Christ when we will be judged for how we have lived our lives for Jesus. I see too many who have compromised their behavior to go along with the behavior of the world. Putting God first in all areas of their lives just doesn’t seem that important right now. Pleasure and comfort seem to be the goal. Some believers just are not going to be happy to see Jesus.

1 John 2:28 (NLT) — 28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

Verse 6-8 > Paul is saying that we need to wake up, clean up and dress up. Hear what Pastor Warren Wiersbe’ comments on these verses:

“The sober-minded believer has a calm, sane outlook on life. He is not complacent, but neither is he frustrated and afraid. He hears the tragic news of the day, yet he does not lose heart. He experiences the difficulties of life, but he does not give up. He knows his future is secure in God’s hands, so he lives each day creatively, calmly, and obediently. Outlook determines outcome; and when your outlook is the uplook, then your outcome is secure.
But the unsaved people of the world are not alert. They are like drunken men, living in a false paradise and enjoying a false security. When the Holy Spirit filled the first Christians at Pentecost, the unsaved people accused the Christians of being drunk (Acts 2:13). In reality, it is the unsaved who are living like drunken men. The sword of God’s wrath hangs over the world; yet people live godless lives, empty lives, and rarely if ever give any thought to eternal matters.
We have met faith, hope, and love before (1 Thes. 1:3). Here they are described as armor to protect us in this evil world. Faith and love are like a breastplate that covers the heart: faith toward God, and love toward God’s people. Hope is a sturdy helmet that protects the mind. The unsaved fix their minds on the things of this world, while dedicated believers set their attention on things above (Col. 3:1–3).
Verses 9-11 > We can be encouraged for the following reasons: The Lord is not coming to pour out his wrath on his kids. We will suffer no more. We will meet our loved ones who died knowing Jesus. Knowing Jesus is coming back inspires us to keep clean lives. It motivates us to be part of the church the body of Christ. Causes us to remain strong in difficult times. We will never give up in prayer for the unsaved. What we do here does matter in eternity!
Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Paul lifts up the tenants of Christian living at the end of this book. He encourages living for others and staying true to our faith in Jesus. He also lifts up the fruits of the spirit including joy and love. The world would be better if we followed his God given advice.