When it comes to death, we’d like to skip it. We’d like to take the direct route to heaven, like Elijah did. Without dying! Lifted out of this world and into heaven by a heavenly whirlwind. Wouldn’t that be great?
While a “get out of death free pass” would be wonderful, if the rapture doesn’t happen in our lifetime, we’re going to die. Or someone we love is going to die. Either way, we will have to deal with death and the pain, sorrow, and grief that come with it.
When death comes, we can either face it with hope or without hope. Which is why Paul wrote about the subject of death in his letter to the church at Thessalonica. What he said to them can also give us hope when death comes knocking on our door.
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