May 22, 2020
Yesterday the Christian Church celebrated Ascension Day, the day Jesus ascended to God the Father. Today I am going to take a look at the event and its importance for us today. In Acts 1:10,12 we read, “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
The question seems ridiculous, doesn’t it? Why wouldn’t they be standing there looking into the sky? Their Savior was gone. They were once more left by themselves. Jesus had said that he never would leave them, and yet, he is doing exactly that. That is why the two angels announced, “He’s coming back, you know. And he’s coming back in the same way you saw him go into heaven!” And just how had they seen him go into heaven? They left in joy because now they knew that Jesus’ ascension was not the end, but a new beginning.
For us believers, Jesus’ return will be wonderful! Oh yes, he’s coming back powerfully, those hands are going to be up, blessing us! Because those hands bear the nail marks, the proof that you are forgiven, that your eternal home is in heaven. That’s what we will see! What a sight it will be!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, remind me of Jesus’ ascension that I might eagerly await that day when you return to take me to heaven. What a wonderful day that will be. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.