The disciples looked up to the skies for so long after JESUS had ascended , that God was compelled to send two angels to tell them Hey , He is gone - 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. The shocked followers had seen Jesus go twice; they saw Him die in His Passion only to see Him go again in His Ascension. It suddenly occurred to them that they had been left behind to continue the works that He had begun.
Many of the things He used to say that were not clear were now making sense. They recalled Him saying I will go away but I will not leave you comfortless as orphans. He had said in a little while the world sees me no more; but you see me; because I live you shall live also. On that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you - John 14:18-20. They came to the realization that the same spirit that worked in Him was now in them to empower them to do even greater works - Joh_14:12. The same Jesus who they had seen ascend was now in them,
Their fear of going out into all the world to make disciples faded away. They did such a good job because here we are, sharing the same precious faith with them - 2Pe_1:1. They did their part and handed the baton to us to go further and do greater. We are now in office so we cannot look to the skies and ask who will ascend into Heaven to bring Christ down - Rom 10:6-8. Because this same Jesus lives in us – Col 1:27
The same Jesus is looking down and saying it is your turn because you have the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith. The same Jesus is preparing to come back the same way He went ; but this time He comes with His wages and rewards to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit- Rev 22:12. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Be ready to receive the same Jesus the disciples saw going up.
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