Christians are Alive and Will Live

Based on: John 5:25-29

Today is “Saints Triumphant” Sunday.  No, I’m not talking about the New Orleans Saints football team, even though they are undefeated so far this season.  If you are a Saints fan, that might make you feel “triumphant”, but if you are a fan of another football team without a perfect record, you might feel not quite as triumphant.  However we are here to talk about an even greater triumph than winning football games.  We are here to remind ourselves that Christ’s death was our victory over death.  We are here to focus on the victorious life we have and the triumph we will enjoy when God calls us home to eternal life.

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You Have Hope in Eternal Life

Based on: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Rumors and lies can cause many problems.  Even worse, false information about God’s Word can harm and even kill souls.  In the first century AD, a group of Christians in Thessalonica were concerned about what happened to their fellow believers who had died.  Do those who die before Christ’s second coming miss out on the blessings of Christ’s return?  Rumors and lies made the problem worse.  Christians were struggling with doubt and fear – not at all what our Lord wants for his children.

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Saints in God’s Kingdom

Based on:  Isaiah 65:17-25

Today is Saints Triumphant Sunday.  What does that mean that we celebrate Saints Triumphant Sunday? Well, we remember those whom God kept faithful to the end of their lives.  We praise God for bringing them into his eternal kingdom through the death of their bodies.  We also look forward to the day when we will no longer suffer because of sin in this world.  We will no longer be worn down by Satan’s temptations, and no longer frustrated by our own sinful bodies preventing us from serving their Lord the way we want to.  Those who have died in the faith are now in perfect bliss with their Savior – in that place in heaven Christ promised he would make for each of us when he ascended into heaven.

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