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Trumpet Lessons

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I Thessalonians 4:16- “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

We live in a condominium with other families on both sides of us and one living overhead.

On Sunday evenings, the boy upstairs practices playing his trumpet.

When he first started trumpet lessons, I admit his practice sessions were a bit annoying. However, he has either improved a lot or or we’ve just gotten used to the sounds. In either case, practice doesn’t last more than 10-15 minutes.

We used to cringe when we heard the first blast, but now I actually look forward to hearing him play around 7 p.m.

More than that, of course, I anticipate hearing the trumpet of God because it will signal the return of Jesus to earth and call together both living Christians and those who have died prior to that time.

It will be an unbelievably glorious celebration. The event of all time.

The trumpet call of God.

Now that’s something to look forward to.

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Are You Ready?

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Matthew 24:36, 44- “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

 

I use a pocket planner.

Some people use a wall calendar.

Their purpose? To keep track of appointments and special dates.

We circle or star the really important ones—those that are important to remember.

We sometimes countdown to events that are especially significant.

We know when they will take place because we are told the date, in advance, and we keep track of them.

Then, when the day arrives, we are ready.

We have our gifts in hand, our car is gassed up, we look our best. We are able to take part in the celebration, attend the event, or keep the appointment.

Occasionally, the date or time is changed or event rescheduled, but for the most part, things happen according to plan.

However, what if things happened according to someone else’s timetable? What if we were told to be ready, but had no idea of the day or time?

That is the way it will be when Jesus returns to earth.

The Bible says he will return, but that only God the Father knows when that will be. No one will know in advance, so we are cautioned to be spiritually ready.

So, how does one do that?

While we are still living, or until Jesus comes again, we have every opportunity to repent of our sins and profess faith in Jesus.

In the end we will all be judged.

Everyone, the still living and the resurrected dead, will face God’s judgment.

Those who know and trust Jesus as their Savior will have nothing to fear. We will be ready.

We don’t know when.

But, we do know who.

He’s the one that makes us ready—forgiven, made righteous, pure and blameless in His sight—

by the Grace of God.

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