May 24 – Defining Moments – Jesus’ ascension

Read Acts 1:9-11

“…after he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from them. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘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.’”


Can you imagine standing there talking to Jesus and all of a sudden, He is floating up into the sky? 

Talk about a defining moment! 

What did the disciples do?  The Bible says that:

“First, they worshiped, then returned to tell others about it!”

That is the same thing the shepherds had done after they heard of Jesus birth from a choir of angels!

They couldn’t contain themselves!  They had to go tell about what they had seen and heard!

Can you imagine the conversation among themselves, reliving that moment over and over?  Then after they were filled with the Holy Spirit, with new strength, confidence and determination they went out into the world to share what they had been eye witnesses to. They  faced prison, persecution and death but they still continued to tell their story!

They couldn’t be quieted!  They had seen for themselves the power of God and HAD to share it!  Thank God they did, because here we are 2,000 years later and their eye witness testimonies are still being told!

If you are a follower of Christ, what was your defining moment? Was it at a church service, youth camp, at the bedside of a dying parent or friend?   Where was it? Have you told anyone or have you kept it to yourself?  Do your kids know when you met Jesus? How about your spouse, your neighbors, friends, or coworkers?   If not, what is holding you back?

The best part of this Scripture is that Jesus is coming back just like He and the angels said!

I get goosebumps just thinking about that glorious sight that the disciples saw so many years ago and is promised to us at His second coming:

“And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound

and the Lord shall descend,

Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!

Oh, my Soul!”

Are you looking forward to Christ’s return?

Will you welcome Him with open arms or will you want to run and hide your eyes? Can you proclaim….

“What a day that will be

When my Jesus I shall see

When I look upon His face

The one who saved me by His grace

When He takes me by the hand?

and leads me to the Promised Land

What a day, GLORIOUS day that will be!”

Pat Arnold

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