While watching the Packers lose their 8th road game in a row last night I was poking around in some writings by Martin Luther. Luther could be verbose, but he also would often get down to earth, as he did in a sermon in 1545, the year before his death.
Text: I Thessalonians 5:2 “You know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
The Last Day will come to all true and faithful Christians as a day of joy and glory. This is how it will happen: not all of us will receive Holy Communion in our sickbed, nor be laid out in a coffin and carried to the grave. There will be no need for that on the Last Day. It will happen as you sit at the table at meal-time, or stand before the cash-box counting your coins, or lie in bed asleep, or sit in the tavern drinking, or are at a dance, suddenly in the twinkling of an eye you will be changed, that is, you will be dead and then immediately alive.
Whoever will receive advice, let that person repent and become a better person. For the Last Day will come upon us and God’s trumpet will sound before we expect it.