I always knew God had a little “country” in Him. The beauty of His creation reflects His splendor. When He spoke to the elements, vegetation, and landscapes of the earth, they obeyed Him.
I live in the most amazing place in South Carolina. I am four hours from our beautiful coast and an hour from the Appalachian Mountains. In the piedmont of South Carolina we are surrounded by farmers of cattle, chickens, and crops.
The Lord is an experienced farmer and the word “harvest” is found in the Bible 206 times. He uses imagery of harvesting and planting to explain the conditions of our hearts, how we should live, how to spread His redemptive message, and the anticipation of Christ’s return.
Faith and family are major priorities in the area that I live in. The season of harvest can be the most challenging time of year for those of us who have lost loved ones and close friends.
Many of us find our first holidays without our loved ones hard to celebrate. We have memories of our loved ones watching football games, at parades, Thanksgiving dinners, and many of us traditionally decorate our Christmas trees with family the day after Thanksgiving. Such memories are precious to us.
Instead of bringing us sorrow and grief, we should allow them to encourage us to remember that this isn’t the end.
There is more to come and more memories to be made, and a great reunion to be had at the sound of a trumpet as the church is harvested.
How can we be certain?
But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. 1 Corinthians 15:20 (NLT)
Those of us who have been crucified with Christ, participated in His baptism and raised to a new life may very well die a physical death in Him. Yet even in physical death we are not defeated. Our souls are ushered to the throne of grace by angels, and there sanctified as we wait for the day of Christ’s return.
But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. 1 Corinthians 15:23 (NLT)
Jesus said in Matthew 16:28 that some of us may not ever experience physical death:
“And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”
Oh, on that day of His return for His bride, when the trumpet sounds for us who are His children, we will be called up on a cloud to meet our anticipated bridegroom in the sky. What a day that will be. With our brothers and sisters in Christ we will be face to face with our Savior. The one who humbled Himself to human form, the one who was rejected, mocked, persecuted, and bore our sin and shame as our very own sacrificial lamb. We will be reunited with our loved ones, but we will be in awe of the one who was the first of the great harvest, the fruit of the Spirit: Jesus.
Then I saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man. He had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Then another angel came from the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe.” So the one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the whole earth was harvested. Revelation 14:14-16 (NLT)
Will you be part of the great harvest of the church?
Who do you long to meet or be reunited with in heaven?
Let us know in the comments below. We would love to rejoice with you.
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