About a century ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton attempted to lead a band of men across Antarctica. Almost from the first the expedition faced seemingly insurmountable challenges.
The twenty-eight men hadn’t gotten far before their ship was frozen in. Held in the shifting grasp of ice plates their ship began to buckle. They removed their most important supplies just before the ship was crushed by the ice.
After months of camping on drifting ice, Shackleton and four others undertook an impossible 800-mile journey in a small open boat across ice-laced ocean and by foot over uninhabited frozen desert to find help. He promised to return.
Astonishingly, the little band made it to the only inhabited town around. Shackleton was given a small ship and crew to attempt a rescue. As he got close to where he had left the rest of the crew, huge icebergs blocked the way.
Suddenly, a passage opened through the ice and Shackleton sailed toward the stranded men. They scrambled aboard as soon as he had arrived. All of them attempted a hasty escape as the ice crashed together again – behind them.
Shackleton remarked how good it was that the men were all packed and ready to go when he arrived.
The men replied, “We never gave up hope. Whenever the sea was clear of ice, we rolled up our sleeping bags and reminded each other, ‘The boss may come today.’”
This is a good picture of how Christians live. They know that Jesus Christ could come today so they never give up hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 speaks about the hope Christians have even in death because Jesus is coming for them soon.
Open the Inductive Bible Study app and join us in the interactive study of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 titled “A Christian’s Hope In Death.”