President Kennedy's Question

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We...will be caught up...to meet the Lord.
1 Thess. 4:17

Billy Graham writes, 'A few days before President-elect John F Kennedy was to be inaugurated I was invited to join him in Florida for a game of golf. As we were driving back from the golf course President Kennedy turned to me and asked, "Do you really believe Jesus Christ is coming back to earth again?" I was dumbfounded: "Yes sir, I do," I replied. For the next several minutes I had the opportunity to talk to him about the second coming of Jesus Christ. I've often wondered why he asked that question.

I think part of the answer came a thousand days later when he was assassinated. At his funeral Cardinal Cushing read and millions of people around the world watched and heard by television, these words: "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

That phrase 'caught up,' means to snatch away. The day is fast approaching when Jesus Christ will come back to 'snatch away' His followers from all the graveyards of the world. And those of us who are alive when it happens will join them in the great escape! That is the hope of the future for the Christian.' And it brings up two all-important questions: 1) Are you living your life each day in the light of Christ's soon return? 2) Will you be ready when He comes?

Excerpt from UCB Word for Today. Free issues are available here.


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Comments

inspired said…
another good thought provoking post :]
Gudl said…
You have a great ministry here! I hope many people will 'accidentally' come to your blog!
SuzyQ said…
This helps one better understand the idea of "constant communion" and "ceasless prayer" more clearly. We must be ever ready. Mind body and soul.
Blessings to you.
I agree with the last comment. Your blog is a great ministry to many of us:0)
Suzy
Lilli & Nevada said…
What a great lesson today. Glad that i have checked your blog out
Wanda said…
Wonderful post, very serious. I love it...But really Mike, it would be perfect if we could be raptured in hot air baloons...can you imagine the sky at that moment!!! Yahoo! Love your post, and as Gudl said, what a ministry you have.
Blessings on you!! :)
Sidharth said…
Very interesting post....

If we were to compile all the exhortations in the Bible about the coming of the Lord, we'd find that the consistent message God has for us is: "Be diligent that you may be found spotless and without blemish on the day of the Lord". The Church needs to raise a banner of Holiness unto the Lord, for without it [holiness] no man shall see the face of the Lord [Hebrews 12:15]

Thanks...this post makes me re-examine my life...
Ready and waiting, all because of Jesus! No righteous works that I have done, but by His blood, Jesus saved me! I'm so glad to rest secure in that fact! (Ephesians 2:8,9) Even so come quickly Lord Jesus!
Angie said…
Amen, bro! Maranatha!

I've often wondered what it will feel like when He calls us to meet him in the sky and speculated if it will be like going up in a hot air balloon. Awesome photo.

The Spirit and the Bride say Come!