I awoke this morning singing these words, “Some glad morning we shall see Jesus in the air; coming after you and me, joy is ours to share. What rejoicing there will be when the saints shall rise; headed for that jubilee yonder in the skies” (words by Adger Pace and music by G.T. Speer). It has been a long time since I sung this great classic by the Speer Family.
Do you remember it?
There is great joy in anticipating that moment when Jesus will appear in the sky and all the saints will rise up to meet Him in the clouds. It is the hope of the Child of God! The Apostle Paul encouraged the believers in Thessalonica the assurance of this hope.
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words”(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NKJV).
Paul also wrote about this hope to his spiritual son Timothy, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8 KJV).
The Apostle John wrote about this blessed hope, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3: 2-3 NKJV).
Taking hold of this hope and looking forward to its fulfillment is not escapism or as some have said, “a helicopter theology.” This is a promise Jesus Christ, Himself, made to everyone who has received has received salvation by faith.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3 NKJV).
What a wonderful promise and hope for all who believe. Jesus has been preparing an eternal dwelling place for every born again Child of God. Can you imagine how wonderful it must be? He is coming again to receive you unto Himself, that He might personally escort you to your eternal home.
“Oh what singing; Oh what shouting; on that happy morning, when we all shall rise; Oh what glory, hallelujah, when we meet our blessed Savior in the sky” (Pace and Speer).
In our wildest imagination, we cannot comprehend how wonderful and how amazing that moment will be when Jesus appears in the sky; gravity will lose hold; and we will soar into the clouds to meet our Lord.
That day is coming and it is coming soon. I know you have been hearing that for years. But, it is has never been closer than today!