DE­VO­TIONAL

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Now when He had spo­ken th­ese things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud re­ceived Him out of their sight. And while they looked stead­fastly toward heaven as He went up, be­hold, two men stood by them in white ap­parel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gaz­ing up into heaven? This same Je­sus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like man­ner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11 (Read 1-11).

Thurs­day was As­cen­sion Day, the day Chris­tians re­mem­ber the glo­ri­ous as­cen­sion of Je­sus to His ex­alted po­si­tion of power and glory at the right hand of God the Fa­ther in heaven. His as­cen­sion is de­scribed in Acts 1:9-11, as well as in nu­mer­ous other pas­sages of Scrip­ture.

The Word of God recorded in Acts 1, which was spo­ken by an­gels to the dis­ci­ples who had just wit­nessed Je­sus’ as­cen­sion into heaven, teaches us that Je­sus Christ will re­turn vis­i­bly in the clouds of glory on the Last Day.

The Bi­ble says: “Be­hold, He is com­ing with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn be­cause of Him. Even so, Amen” (Rev­e­la­tion 1:7).

As Je­sus as­cended into heaven, so He shall also re­turn on the Last Day, the Day of Judg­ment. He will come again in clouds of glory. Every eye will see Him, whether be­liever or un­be­liever! For some, it will be a day of sorrow and shame; for oth­ers, a day of re­joic­ing and sal­va­tion!

Are you ready for His re­turn and judg­ment? Are you pre­pared to meet Him?

Those who do not trust in Christ Je­sus for sal­va­tion will wail in sorrow at His re­turn be­cause they stand con­demned for not trust­ing in the only be­got­ten Son of God (John 3:18; 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 1:6-10).

But those who do trust in Him as their Sav­ior — believ­ing that they have par­don for their sins and peace with God for the sake of Christ’s in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death in their stead — will re­joice at His re­turn be­cause He comes to take them to be with Him for­ever in the man­sions of heaven (cf. Luke 21:27-28; He­brews 9:27-28; John 14:1-3; 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 4:13-18).

Dear Lord Je­sus Christ, as You have as­cended up into heaven to the right hand of God the Fa­ther, so come again and take us to be with You for­ever. Gra­ciously keep us in the true faith so that, on that Day, we may greet You with joy and not with sorrow. Grant this unto us for the sake of Your holy life and bit­ter suf­fer­ings and death upon the cross in our stead. Amen.

[De­vo­tion by Randy Moll. Scrip­ture taken from the New King James Ver­sion®. Copy­right © 1982 by Thomas Nel­son. Used by per­mis­sion. All rights re­served.]

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