“We do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
~1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Beloved, we grieve for those that we love; but God ensures us that we do not have to grieve as those who have no hope. Although our loved ones who have trusted in Jesus may no longer be with us, we have this promise: that those who put their faith and life in Christ, although absent from the body, are now present with the Lord.
Their salvation was in Christ. They lived through and were kept by Christ, and now they are with Him, waiting for that day when the Lord Himself will descend with a shout. We who remain who have received salvation through Christ are abiding in Him and are now waiting for His return.
The mutual faith in Christ will cause us all to see each other again. We shall always be with the Lord; and so, because we be with Him, we shall be with one another always. What joy there is in knowing Christ. What comfort and peace we have in Him alone, yet His goodness continues on as He blesses us with the love we have for one another and the fellowship of faith. Such love and fellowship one day shall always be as we are all with our Savior and King.
Therefore, comfort one another with these words, for they are a promise to the family of God that we shall see Him and each other one day forever.
In Christ alone.
Scripture quotation taken from the NASB. www.lockman.org