DAY 27 – MT OF ASCENSION
Read Acts 1:1-11
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A while ago, I met my wife, Roxanne, at an airport following almost a month of traveling separately. Between our family needs and ministry responsibilities, we were eager to see each other again.
I still remember what it felt like to stand at the airport waiting to see her. Each time passengers would step off the tram from the secure area of the terminal, I got out of my chair to see if she was in that group. I checked the face of every passenger, longing to see my sweetheart. Even though we were about to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary, I must have looked like a teenager waiting for his girlfriend as I jumped up-and-down whenever a new tram arrived.
That experience reminds me of what occurred on the Mount of Olives following the resurrection of the Lord 2000 years ago. Just before Jesus returned to heaven, He gave his followers these instructions: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 – NLT).
The great historian, Dr. Luke, details for us what happened next: “After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:9—11 – NLT).
Talk about an exit strategy! The Bible emphasizes that we should eagerly anticipate the return of Christ for us as His Bride. I love these words: “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 NIV).
You don’t have to jump out of your chair every few minutes to “eagerly await” the return of Christ. But God does call us to live expectantly in light of His soon return.
Prayer of reflection: Thank you, Jesus, that you will return for your Bride someday. Please help me to live in light of how that return could happen today.