Scripture: Acts 1:9-11
9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
The Ascension of Jesus is both the glorious termination of his terrestrial, and also the glorious commencement of his celestial life. For some reason I picture the scene from the sci-fi classic “E.T” where he also has a departure from the earthly into the clouds of space with an emotional good-bye from those it left.In the ascension of Jesus we see him vanish into heaven and return to His glory and we are told as quickly as he went into heaven so will be his return. In a twinkling of an eye and like a thief in the night. We see some of the same language in our text at the ascension “why do you stand looking into heaven” as we see mentioned in the resurrection “Why seek the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5). It mentions that Jesus will come back in “like manner” and “the same way”. His return will be with His physical body that our eyes can see just as the apostles seen him go. We will see the wounds in his hands that we’re pierced because of our transgressions and the stripes that He wears from his wounds that give us healing. We will be reminded that love is red which are the first 3 letters of redemption and because of his blood we are redeemed and purchased by it.
Look forward to the return of Jesus but, also live in the present by pointing people to the coming king. We have the hope of heaven. Let us remember that when things get tough. This world is not our home but, while we are here, we have the responsibility of carrying out the mission of Jesus.
Thank you Lord that you have gone to prepare a place for us and left us with the gift of your Holy Spirit. Let us build your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven and do what you have called us to do.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ac 1:9–11). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Lange, J. P., Schaff, P., Gotthard, V. L., Gerok, C., & Schaeffer, C. F. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Acts (p. 15). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.