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March 31 – Well prepared

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 4:16-18

Scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-18

Our month of preparation comes to its end. When in the coming days we attend worship on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter, may we, indeed, be well prepared to thank Jesus, our Saviour, for His ministry of atonement. May we also be prepared to take up our cross and follow Him. Before this series of devotions ends, however, let us yet consider one more event in the ministry of our Lord Jesus: His triumphant return. His second coming will be unexpected, for no one knows the time set, only God the Father. Right now, we disciples are to live in hope as we await the Last Day, when Jesus returns in glory.

Our calling as Christians is to be ready, eager to meet the Lord. That readiness comes through a true faith in Jesus. When we have that faith and share it, we can encourage one another. In moments of earthly sorrow and loss, we can lift up our heads, encouraged by Jesus’ resurrection. When enemies, earthly or spiritual, attack us, we have the comfort of knowing that at this coming, Jesus will cast all His and our enemies into condemnation.

Let us be well prepared now by remembering the past great works of ministry through which Jesus accomplished our salvation. And when our thoughts turn to the future, we know that we shall at last meet the Lord, at Whose return we shall be filled with joy!

Suggestions for prayer

Make it your constant prayer that Jesus will return to us quickly. Pray that the Spirit will work in your heart and life to be sure that you are well prepared to remember what the Lord has done and to live in hope of His return!

Rev. Gregg V. Martin was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1977. In his years of service, he pastored a total of five congregations in three Canadian provinces. He also served for more than seven years in Latin America as a missionary, providing leadership training in Reformed mission churches. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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