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The Lord’s Coming
Thessalonians 4.13-18

How do you describe the colour blue to a blind person? If someone has never been able to see, how can you even convey the idea of colour, let alone the difference between colours?

That difficulty faces Christians whenever we talk about the new world that God intends to make one day, when Jesus himself reappears and everything is changed. Think again of colour and blindness. You might want to ‘translate’ your experience of colour into a different context: sound, for instance, or touch. You might describe bright red as a hard, loud colour. You might say that a gentle blue or green was soft like a cushion, or smooth and flowing like a pretty tune. You could say that yellow was prickly, like a sharp squeaky noise. You would know that all these descriptions were hopelessly inadequate, but they would at least tell the blind person something about what it was like to see colour at all, and different varieties of it...

Taken from Paul for Everyone Galatians and Thessalonians – by Tom Wright

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