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How Long Will You Sleep?

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How Long Will You Sleep?                                                           4/26/09

1 Thess 4:13-18

"a negative patient-care outcome"

 "a therapeutic misadventure."

“failing to fulfill his wellness potential."

 “Buying the farm,"

"pushing up daisies,"

 "kicking the bucket”

Despite what you may have heard, people rarely die in hospitals. Unfortunately, some folks do "expire" there. And, according to hospital records, others experience "a negative patient-care outcome" or "a therapeutic misadventure." However, such mishaps can't be nearly as disappointing as the patient who has "failed to fulfill his wellness potential." Most of us, I imagine, would rather die than let down the side in this fashion.

Well, perhaps not die exactly. We might be willing to "pass on," like a dinner guest who takes a pass on dessert. Or "go home," as we should after a night out. Unless, of course, we've had a bit too much to drink, and then we might just end up "lost." But perish the thought.

Fall asleep – my daddy won’t wake up

We wish you to know

Ignorance concerning spiritual realities is always bad for the believer

Heathen sepulchered inscriptions “After death there is no revival, after the grave no meeting of those who have loved each other on Earth

Hopes are among the living, the dead are without hope

Suns may set and rise again but we, when once our brief light goes down, must sleep an endless night.

Of a man once dead there is no resurrection

The believers in Thessalonica – those who have died will miss the coming of the Lord

Asleep – euphemism for death

If that is true why is it called “awake” after they die?

Wake – to watch or guard

Urban legend - watching so they will wake up

Assurance concerning the dead

If we believe that Jesus died and rose again

Christ and believers are one body – what happens to the head happens to the body.  The resurrection of Christ is at once the assurance and the type of the resurrection of his people.

Since Paul has spoken of the resurrection of Jesus we might have expected him to say that God will also raise up the departed believers.  Instead he speaks of their association with Jesus at his coming.

Death ushers us into the presence of God where there is a great reception

Those in whatever state they are in heaven Christ will bring with him to receive their resurrection bodies.

Here Paul is talking about the body not the soul

We will be caught up together - reunion

The important thing is not the place but the fact of the permanent union with the Lord

Comfort one another with these words.

Who are the one anothers?

What might that tell us about those around us who don’t know Jesus?

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