Just want you to know…”When the roll is called up yonder… I’LL BE THERE!”

I was awakened early this morning, with this old toe-tapping gospel song running through my mind! Several dear Christian friends the last few weeks – faithful servants of the Lord – have slipped away to their heavenly home! I post this in their sweet memory today – and I determine that verse 3 of this song will be true of ME! And furthermore, by the grace of God… “When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there!

“When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, Ill be there

“On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise,
And the glory of His resurrection share
When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

“Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,
Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care
Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done,
And the roll is called up yonder, Ill be there

“When the roll, is called up yonder,
When the roll, is called up yonder,
When the roll, is called up yonder,
WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER I’LL BE THERE!”
Songwriters: C. Barny Robertson / James Milton Black

Here’s the Scripture the song is based upon…

“We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words!” (From 1 Thessalonians 4:15–18 NLT)

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