The Lord Jesus has risen from the dead. What’s next?
Jesus walks among men for forty days. He tells the apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. He ascends into heaven. Matthias is chosen to replace Judas.
ASCENSION OF JESUS (1:9-11)
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;11 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.
Jesus leaves again. This time, His followers understood why He came, the purpose of the cross, their purpose of telling others about Christ. Then the two men tell those assembled that Jesus is coming again.
Do we believe Jesus is coming back? It is the believers blessed hope. When He comes next, He meets believers in the sky, as we are raptured out of this world. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
That should be a tremendous comfort to each of us. God has not forgotten us. If we have trusted Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, Jesus will come and take us home to live with Him forever!
Halleluiah, come quickly Lord Jesus!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001