Mmmm Har Gau (Prawn dumplings) at Yumcha Mmmm
In Australia, we have the freshest seafood!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
1 Thessalonians 4:14
The world has just witnessed the mass slaughter of Christians in Kenya.
Islamic terrorists burst onto a university campus and killed 148 innocent students.
These gunmen asked the students whether they were Christian and shot them.
Sadly these terrorist attacks are not isolated to Kenya.
Christians are also being terrorised in Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.
Death is a tragedy robbing families of loved ones.
The bible verse above gives hope to those who believe in Jesus.
Jesus died and rose again – this is what is celebrated at Easter.
Jesus took our punishment and died on a cross in our place.
God raised him to life again as King of the Universe.
Jesus will return again to judge the whole world.
1 Thessalonians 4 describes the second coming of Christ.
The New Testament author uses an interesting euphemism in this verse.
Those who have died have “fallen asleep”.
This is like our polite expression “passed away” for our dearly departed.
“Fallen asleep” suggests something temporary instead of permanent death.
Those who fall asleep will wake up again feeling refreshed.
So Christians who die will rise again to have new life in heaven with Jesus.
Non-Christians who die will face permanent death in hell.
So even though it is a great tragedy, those Kenyan Christian students are now in heaven.
Their Christian parents will see them again – they are not lost forever.
What will happen to you after you die?
Do you want to awake again in heaven?
Or do you want to be lost in hell forever?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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