Something to think about.
“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.” Acts 1:11 NIV
This is an unusual moment. Jesus has been resurrected for 40 days and now before his disciples and the public he is ascending into heaven. This event is so amazing. The only time in the history of mankind we see another realm of existence interact with our physical world.
It is our hope in the concrete form of our future. It is the actualization of the totality Christianity. It is what we live and breathe for. The resurrection and transformation of our lives to our permanent, eternal life. Jesus is ascending into a different life. A different existence.
He is showing us what the future holds for us. In this amazing moment, he leaves the audience captive. So much so that angels in human form have to address them and tell them what has happened. They pronounce or define what they have just seen. These two witnesses give humanity a hope that is not equaled anywhere in the world. He will return in the same way he left.
Christ will return. It is what separates Christianity from any other belief system in the world. The subject of our hope and faith is actually coming back for us. He will return. This moment this occurrence is beyond the imaginings of anyone. The risen savior of humanity has ascended to His home from where He came. He left us with a promise of His return and our reuniting with Him.
The really amazing thing is this we, those who believe in Him are the only ones with this hope. The rest of the world is hoping in what? There is no substance for their hope. We have the substance of the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. We have the testimony of many an eyewitness. We have the fulfillment of prophecy. We have the witness of the Holy Spirit in us. We have a hope and faith In the one that defeated and conquered the grave.
“…….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.” Acts 1:11 NIV