1Thessalonians 4:13-14: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Meditation: The word hope means expectation, confidence, or faith. Apparently, the believers at Thessalonica were not settled on their understanding of the bodily resurrection of the believer, thus they had the same type of grief over the death of a Christian as unbelievers. So the apostle Paul under inspiration of the Holy Ghost wrote to them affirming without a doubt that when a Christian dies the grave is not the end of the road for them or their body. The resurrection of the believer is just as certain as the fact Jesus’ tomb was empty. Therefore, we grieve over the death of another Christian because we will miss them, not because we will not see them again.
Prayer: Lord, I am thankful for the great comfort we have in knowing that death for the Christian is not the last time we will see one another. Thank you for the great promise of our resurrection. Amen.