“We Need To Meet Our Ancestors!” (1 Thessalonians 4:14)

Several of my dermatology residents recently attended a national dermatology conference. One favorite pastime for many dermatology training programs participating at these national meetings is to organize an alumni evening, an opportunity for current residents and faculty to be reunited with alumni. When I queried the residents if they organized an alumni evening, they all shook their heads. “Maybe next year! The chief resident needs to organize this!” All eyes turned to the chief, who was sitting next to me at the multi-head microscope.


“Yes!” the chief resident smiled. “We need to meet our ancestors!”


We all laughed uproariously!

Ancestors! One usually employs this term for family members older than grandparents, or forerunners of current technology. Although humorous, it was quite accurate. Our dermatology program was built upon the efforts and sacrifices of those who preceded us-our ancestors!


For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:14 (ESV)


The beautiful promise that God gives all believers in Jesus Christ is someday in Heaven, we will meet our ancestors. Not only mine, but the ancestor of every believer who has confessed and repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  My mother and godfather will be there! The Apostle Paul and Peter! Adam, Abraham, and Moses! And what about the hundreds of Old Testament saints, faithfully recorded in the books of Numbers and Chronicles? Some of these names are mentioned only once in the Bible but are placed there by the Holy Spirit so that we will always remember their faith and sacrifices to God. The stories they will share with us someday will be amazing!


We do need to meet our ancestors! What a glorious reunion that will be!




Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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