Left Behind

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When we went on our seaside holiday we couldn't take our pet cat. She was left behind at home. Naturally she was well looked after and fed, by a neighbour of ours, but we missed her because we were away.

We are "left behind" in this world if we lose a loved one in death. There are many examples of bereavement in the Bible. Some of the most terrible must have been for the mothers in Bethlehem of all little boys under two years old, who were ordered by Herod to be killed. He thought that he was getting rid of Jesus that way. Wrong! Mary and Joseph had been warned and escaped to the safety of Egypt. St.Matthew chapter 2 verses 13 to 17 tells this tale - also making reference to Jeremiah (chapter 31 verse 15) in the Old Testament, for it was a prophecy about Jesus' birth.

Jesus will one day return; this event is called "the rapture". Believers will be "gathered up to meet Him in the air", very suddenly. The non-believers will be left behind, to face many troubles. You can read an account of the rapture in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 13 to 18 (New Testament).

If you believe in Jesus, that He is the Son of God who died for your sins, you will be part of this joyous reunion and forever be with the Lord in Heaven. Don't be left behind!