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This Same Jesus…

     The events of the preceding days had been anything but ordinary. Their beloved Master had been betrayed, roughly seized and brutally handled. He had been subjected to multiple trials that were a mockery of justice by anyone’s reckoning. He had been insulted and shamed. He was scourged. That terrible whip with several thongs laced with bits of sharp bone, metal or glass was slammed down upon his stripped body and dragged across Him leaving His flesh terribly torn and bleeding. Then the heavy cross was laid upon Him, which in His exhaustion and pain He bore as best He could, eventually falling under its weight. And upon that cross He hung in agony on Golgotha until His great heart beat its last and He was laid in the tomb. Following His death, the minutes seemed like hours and the hours like weeks as time crawled by for His grief-stricken disciples. But not all the power of Rome or Israel…not the unbelief of His disciples…not all the plans of the Devil and his fiends…not even the mighty Death and Hades…could prevent His coming alive again. Praise God! The glorious dawn of that Sunday morning surely came, and His tomb was found empty! Over a period of forty days Jesus appeared to His disciples, teaching and encouraging them… showing them beyond the shadow of any doubt…that not only was He was indeed alive from the dead but that never again would He die!

     Then, according to Acts (1:9-11), while the disciples were watching, Jesus was taken up before their very eyes. They stood there for a time staring up into the sky as if waiting for Him to re-appear. And that was when heaven’s messengers told them, in effect, “You mustn’t remain here looking upward. This same Jesus Who has been taken from you will come back in the same way you have seen Him leave.”

     I have been thinking about how very glad I am that those two messengers said, “This same Jesus…will come back…” Fellow believers, not only is One coming back…but it is our Jesus Who is coming back. Yes…He will come with the power and the glory. Yes…He will come to judge the world in righteousness. But it will be the same Jesus Who held and blessed the little children. It will be the same Jesus Who modeled such love and devotion for His Father God. It will be the same Jesus Who loved and searched for lost souls…the same Jesus Who took such delight in the little flock into whose hands He delivered the Father’s kingdom…the same Jesus Who emptied Himself for others…the same Jesus Who lived to intercede for others…the same Jesus Who girded Himself with a towel, took the water basin and washed the filthy feet of the self-conscious disciples who were too proud to lower themselves to such depths…the same Jesus Who ever and only spoke truth, boldly, yet in kindness and with love…the same Jesus Who looked upon the multitudes with such longing and compassion. All the centuries that have passed since He lived among us, have not changed Him. The heavenly and royal life He lives there at Father God’s right hand has not turned His heart from us. I am glad that it is He Who comes for us who have loved His appearing.

     Tell me, if you can spare the time, why you are glad this same Jesus is coming back.  

    

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3 thoughts on “This Same Jesus…

  1. I am glad that the One that is coming back is the very same Jesus that showed compassion to Peter by taking him on a walk on the beach after the resurrection. I find great comfort in that. I guess I can relate to Peter…who in one breath says “I would never do that!” and then turns right around and does THAT…cursing and denying that he even knew Jesus. I can relate to Peter…who was bold enough to walk on the water, but weak enough to nearly drown within arms length of the One who could save him. I can relate to someone who has the highest of highs and the lowest of lows sometimes within the same sentence! Yet Jesus had compassion on him..and made a special effort to let him know he was still useful.

    I am glad it is the very same Jesus that could be so exhausted He could sleep in the boat in the middle of a storm…yet still feel compassion for the people that needed so much from Him.

    I am glad that Jesus is coming back….I long for the day I can see His face and see the compassion in His eyes.
    HEY SHERRY,
    I’M SORRY IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG FOR ME TO RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENT. WE JUST GOT FINISHED WITH OUR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL…WE WERE SO BUSY…IT WAS SO GOOD…BUT WE ARE STILL NOT QUITE RECOVERED. I LIKE ALL YOUR REASONS FOR BEING SO GLAD THAT IT IS THE “SAME” JESUS COMING BACK FOR US. I HAVE ANTICIPATED OUR MEETING (MY MEETING WITH HIM). I THOUGHT ABOUT ASKING HIM ALL MY TOUGH QUESTIONS…BUT I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT ANYMORE. I JUST WANT TO BE IN HIS PRESENCE. I JUST WANT TO LISTEN TO WHAT HE WILL SAY TO US. I WANT TO BE OPEN AND READY TO PICK UP ON WHATEVER HE SHARES. THE ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS ARE PROBABLY NOT WHAT I’LL NEED TO KNOW FIRST. SO I’LL JUST TRUST HIM FOR THAT. HE’S BEEN HERE. NOW HE’S THERE. BUT HE’LL BE HERE AGAIN. HE WILL NOT HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW VERY TOUGH IT IS FOR SO MANY IN THIS WORLD. I KNOW THAT HE WILL DO RIGHT. JUST AS HE ALWAYS DID WHEN HE LIVED AMONG US. TO KNOW THAT HE KNOWS THE WHOLE HISTORY OF EACH OF OUR STRUGGLES IN THIS LIFE…THAT IT IS THIS ONE WHO IS RETURNING FOR US…FORCES ME TO SURRENDER ALL MY OBJECTIONS AND TO SAY…HE IS BOTH MAN AND GOD…LET HIM DO WHAT SEEMS RIGHT TO HIM. I KNOW, LIKE YOU, THAT HE WILL NOT FORGET COMPASSION.

  2. It had to be such a comfort to the disciples to know that the same Jesus was coming back.

    They had walked with Him … seen His heart … and then He was gone. He returned … now raised from the dead … and they had to be overjoyed. I’m sure they appreciated Him a little more … were more careful in their ways once He returned. Now they had they chance to fix things with Him. But after 40 days … He’s gone again. They look into the sky … wondering … how long will He stay gone this time?

    It’s comforting to me to know that He has kept His promises. He forgave those closest to Him that had hurt Him the most. He allowed those that doubted to have those doubts removed. He showed them love and put courage in them to do what He had asked. Doesn’t this same Jesus do this for me?

    Although I didn’t get to walk with Him that first or second time … I will get to walk with Him the next time. When I look into His eyes I will not see disappointment … I will not see frustration … I will not see anger. I know this because this same Jesus walked with people just like me and in His eyes they saw encouragement … patience … understanding.

    Another reason I’m glad it will be the same Jesus … is because I want to be able to look into His eyes and say thank you. I will get to look at the Jesus that gave it all up for me and tell Him thanks. I will get to see the Jesus that was tempted in all the ways that I am and tell Him thanks. I will get to look into the eyes of the Jesus that took the attention off me so that God would not see my sin … but His sacrifice … and say thanks.

    I can’t wait to see the same Jesus that loved me enough to die so that I could live.

    AMEN, PAIGE. I LOVE ALL YOUR REASONS FOR BEING GLAD THE SAME JESUS WHO LEFT IS COMING BACK ONE GLORIOUS DAY. WELL SAID! I PARTICULARLY LIKE THE LAST ONE WHERE YOU SAID YOU WERE GLAD THIS SAME JESUS WAS COMING BACK SO YOU COULD SAY, FACE TO FACE, “THANK YOU, LORD!”
    IT IS INDEED WONDERFUL TO BE INCLUDED IN JESUS’ PLANS, ISN’T IT? WE (AND EVEN HARDER FOR ME TO BELIEVE), I, AM INCLUDED IN THE GRAND SWEEP OF THE OLD RUGGED CROSS. I AM EMBRACED IN HIS REDEMPTIVE PLAN, PRAISE GOD. AND THIS KNOWLEDGE LIFTS ME UP…GIVES ME STRENGTH TO KEEP AT IT, EVEN ON THOSE DAYS WHEN I DON’T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE…DAYS WHEN I AM SO WEARY OF DOUBTING…DAYS WHEN I AM ABSOLUTELY OVERCOME BY MY OWN UNWORTHINESS AND WEAKNESS. BUT HIS LIFE…HIS DEATH…HIS RESURRECTION…HIS AMAZING LOVE…WON’T LEAVE ME ALONE. I CAN’T…WON’T LET ALL OF THAT GO FOR NOTHING WHERE I AM CONCERNED, AND, AS BEST I CAN, WHERE OTHERS ARE CONCERNED AS WELL.
    BUT, ONE OF THESE DAYS, IT WILL BE HIS VERY OWN PERSONAL EMBRACE WE WILL FEEL. AT THAT TIME, I DON’T THINK WE WILL EVEN BE ABLE TO RECALL THOSE FUNK-FILLED VALLEYS OF OUR LIVES…THOSE DAYS WE COULDN’T ACCEPT DOWN DEEP THAT HE REALLY LOVED US, MEANT US WELL, AND WAS INDEED DOING HIS GRACIOUS WORK UPON AND THROUGH US. IT WILL TRULY BE A WONDERFUL DAY WHEN “THIS SAME JESUS” RETURNS.

  3. Rex Boyles on said:

    The same Jesus …
    … that resisted temptations of flesh, eye, and pride – understands how hard it is for me to resist.
    … that accepted sinners – accepts me.
    … that calmed the storm – gives me peace.
    … that did not condemn the adulteress – does not condemn me.
    … that restored a guilty disciple to service – restores me.
    … that raised a friend to life – raises me to a new life.
    That same Jesus is coming for me … and I am eager to see His face!

    IT WILL BE SUCH A JOY FOR ME TO WITNESS YOUR MEETING WITH HIM, MY BROTHER. FOR I DO INDEED PLAN TO GET THERE FIRST. YOU MUSTN’T BEGRUDGE ME THIS. MY ADVANCED YEARS OVER YOU GIVE ME THIS RIGHT. BUT IF I AM ABLE TO BE STANDING BY WHEN YOU AND THE GREAT LORD, WHO LOVES US, EMBRACE, I WILL BE WATCHING YOUR FACE AND RE-LIVING THROUGH YOUR JOY THEN…MY OWN JOY AND THE JOY OF ALL OTHERS AT THE HEAVENLY HOMECOMING OF ALL US PRODIGALS. I ALSO AM EAGER TO SEE HIS FACE…BUT TO SEE YOUR FACE WHEN YOU, AT LAST, LOOK UPON HIM WHO FOR YOUR SAKE LOVED NOT HIS OWN LIFE EVEN UNTO DEATH…THIS TOO WILL BE AN AMAZING PRIVILEGE AND JOY. HE’S COMING BACK!

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