This Same Jesus…Acts 1:11
Our Lord’s disciples “were looking intently up into the sky” as Jesus was returning to heaven to reign at the right hand of God on the eternal throne. They were gazing “intently.” No wonder…the Best Friend they had ever known was being taken from their view…no more journeys together…no more of the familiar accents of His voice in daily discourse…no more walks by the seashore…no more meals together…no more sitting at His feet listening to His wonderful words of life…no more of His wondrous displays of miraculous power to bless, heal, comfort, and restore people.
Never again would they see Him lift little children and hug and bless them. When Jesus ascended so also did goodness, gladness, and gentleness. When He was lost from their view, sinless manhood disappeared. When Jesus was leaving, their Comforter was leaving. The One who led them from ordinary to extraordinary…from earth-bound to heaven-bound…from victory unto victory…was going home…and so was Love, Light and Life itself.
No wonder then that they were looking up intently after Him. Think of your sorrow at separating from a friend or family member for any extended period, or even at death. Then imagine the condition of the hearts of these friends of Jesus who had continued with Him through all his trials. Imagine the sorrow of this separation. Imagine how they felt when Jesus went where they could not then follow, though one day they would.
But, there comes a glad, hope-inspiring word! “This same Jesus…will come back.” Not another…the same Jesus…the Truth-bearer…the self-surrenderer…the lost-sheep-loving Lord…the Satan-slayer…the Friend of sinners…the door Keeper of heaven…the sin sacrifice…the Peacemaker…the joy-inspiring Prince. Praise God! We may return to our Jerusalem and to our service. Nothing is lost! All is victory! This same Jesus sees to that. Glory to Him!
Tell me of your joy that it is the same Jesus coming back as the One Who left 2000 years ago. What is it about this same Jesus that you are so looking forward to…that fills you with confidence for the future and with courage to persevere in the meantime and until one wonderful day we are face to face with Him Whom not having seen before we love with all our hearts and serve with all our lifeforce…blessed Jesus! Hang in there, dear ones!