He’s Coming Back

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 1:9-11

After Jesus gave the disciples their marching orders, He ascended back into Heaven.  This was obviously quite a shock for the men left standing there.  They were talking to Jesus one minute.  The next minute, He is gone and back in Heaven.  After seeing Him go in this manner, they “looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up.”  That’s probably what we would have done in a similar situation.  We would have just stood there looking up into space.

But then two men “in what apparel” showed up and told them something.  I’m going to assume that these men were angels.  They said “why stand ye gazing up into heaven?  this same Jesus… shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go…”

As we read this passage, the point they were getting across seems to be this: “Stop standing there staring at the sky.  He’s coming back.  Now go get to work.”  And that is the advice that they took.  They left and started working for the Lord.

That is good advice to us.  Some days, we just (figuratively or literally) look up to the sky, waiting for Jesus to return.  The world seems so sinful and corrupt, that we just want to get out of here.  But then we read these verse and are reminded – He’s coming back.  We need to focus on doing His work while we have the opportunity.  How are we doing?

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