Where do we go when we die?
Everything is someplace. If we lose something, like our reading glasses, we know they did not vaporize. They have to be someplace, maybe in the kitchen, maybe on the porch, maybe on top of our head. But what about when we lose not something, but someone? When someone dies, it feels like they must have gone someplace. But where? Where do we go when we die?
The first Christians were asking that question. They had a strong belief that Jesus would come back soon. They expected that when Jesus returned, he would solve all the problems of the world and take them to eternal peace. But what about the believers who had already died, they wondered? Would Jesus take them as well? And where would he find them? Where do we go when we die?
In our sermon this Sunday, we are going to look at the Apostle Paul's answer from his First Letter to the Thessalonians. We will talk about their expectations of the second coming of Jesus, their distinctive hope that set them apart, and their strong sense of community. And we will look at Paul's answer to them, and to us. Where do we go when we die? We go to be forever with Jesus our Lord.