The Day After the Ascension of Jesus

Acts 1:9-12 NASB

“And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

I often, as I am reading the scriptures, try to put myself into the minds of those that I am reading about and ask myself questions like what would I have thought or how would I have felt had I been there to witness what they had witnessed.

As we read through the four Gospels and Acts, one can’t help but imagine what thoughts were going through the minds of the Apostles and early disciples. Consider all that they had seen and heard during Jesus’ ministry, the total devastation of Jesus’ crucification and the exaltation beyond human comprehension of Jesus’ resurrection and His numerous appearances during the 40 days. And then we have the ascension of Jesus and He is gone.

It struck me this morning that in some ways it would be much like the death of a dear family member or very close friend. I’ve never seen Jesus and I miss Him, I can only imagine how the Apostles and early disciples felt. How does a human mind process what they had heard and what they had seen?

This isn’t just big, it’s way beyond big. The realization that they had literally changes everything, nothing that they previous knew could ever remain the same. Nothing. And so it is with us who believe and trust in Jesus.

And I thought, what went through their minds the following day when they first woke up?

If you had of been there, what would have gone through your mind? When we love someone there is a longing to see them, especially when we know that for the time being, we can’t. I think I would have felt that loss. I think they must have felt that loss too. But then, the whole reality of what Jesus said and showed them and us, about Himself and our Heavenly Father, not only through His ministry but also through His death and resurrection and now His ascension, would come together in their hearts and minds and they would know exactly what they had to do.

And of course, that is exactly what they did. They witnessed to what they had heard, they witnessed to what they had seen and they declared who Jesus was and what He had accomplished and the eternal life that He promised to all of us who believed in Him. And through God’s grace, the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread like wildfire and the then known world was turned upside down.

And it also struck me this morning, that the reality of Jesus, who He is, what He did, should probably have the same effect on me as it did to the Apostles and early disciples. But then God reminded me of something. Very few were called to be Apostles. And those who God did call to be Apostles, God accomplished in them exactly what He wanted to accomplish. But many are and have been called to be disciples and that is exactly what I am. And as the church grew and the body of Christ became much bigger, various parts were added, as the Apostle Paul indicates in 1 Corinthians 12:20-26.

And the common believer, of which I am, what does the Apostle Paul indicate that I should do? Paul addresses this in his first letter to the church of the Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 NASB

“Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.

Oh, I know, there’s more, much more, like studying God’s Word, communing with God in prayer, following the leading of God’s Holy Spirit, doing good whenever an opportunity presents itself, especially to the household of faith and serving one another in love, but what Paul it also talking about in the above scripture is an overview of one’s pattern of life.

Lead a quiet life;

Attend to your own business;

Earn your own living;

Be willing to help others, both within the body of Christ and also those who are without.

Be without need so that you are able to meet the needs of others.

And that longing to see Him that I spoke about earlier, it is still there. Matter of fact, that is one of the most beautiful things about our walk with God, because it is that longing that continually draws us to Jesus, and it is a longing that only He can fill. No I haven’t seen Him yet but He lives in me and I live in Him. Jesus has promised to always be with us and He is, and one day, one glorious day, I shall see Him face to face, my Redeemer, my Saviour, my King and my God.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

12 comments

  1. One can ask, How did Jesus float off into the sky. Some jump and just say, its a miracle, or God did it, passing over the statement.
    its a pretty big deal. its a huge deal. Its about the biggest deal in the whole of the new testament.
    They might have disbelieved the resurrection thinking maybe he wasn’t fully dead. Even after seeing his scars and touching his hands, but when you float off into the sky, you sort of take the ambiguity out of everything.
    They saw a lot. Walking on Water and healing, and the resurrection. But unless he went off in an air balloon, this event tops everything.

    I say that to say this. What is the difference between someone who is convinced and someone who is pretty sure. There is a concrete level of trust almost an arrogance.
    I noticed this. While I thought I was a full believer and couldn’t believe more, when I started seeing some quantum physics in the bible and some science that could not be known at the time, my belief increased.
    How did I notice? Well, I wear shirts with a cross on them. I have since Quebec, made a law about not wearing religious symbols at work provincially. Here in Ontario, I just made up 15 shirts with scripture verses on them. And I wore them, but seemed a bit shy. But when I started to see heavy duty facts of Science beyond even what we use today coming out of the scripture, I didn’t shy away and stuck my chest out when wearing my shirt.
    In the past the harassment by some caused me to shrink back. I am reminded of this scripture:

    Hebrews 10:35-39 New International Version (NIV)
    35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
    36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

    “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

    38 And,
    “But my righteous[b] one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
    39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

    An event of seeing Jesus fly off into heaven changes a person.

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    • Your statement “An event of seeing Jesus fly off into heaven changes a person” would have to be a big yes. And when you put everything else together on top that, even more so. And this is their testimony and they all died for it except John. And there is even more, His teachings, fulfilled prophecy, etc. Jesus is the Son of God! Blessings!

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      • And that is why I could see them going to their deaths with backbone. The world had no Idea who they were dealing with. God they almighty is bigger than death, bigger than Gov’t, bigger than a virus, bigger and brighter than anything they could think or imagine.

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  2. “Blessed to be a blessing” is an accurate saying that unfortunately has turned into a cash grab platitude for some religious businesses.
    But in truth, it sums up what you said with
    Lead a quiet life;

    Attend to your own business;

    Earn your own living;

    Be willing to help others, both within the body of Christ and also those who are without.

    Be without need so that you are able to meet the needs of others.

    The willingness and drive to do such things comes from God, wether one is aware of it or not.

    Just to clear things up, you stated
    “And the common believer, of which I am, what does the Apostle Paul indicate that I should do? Paul addresses this in his first letter to the church of the Thessalonians”

    Jesus Christ Himself indicated what it is we should do long before Paul. Paul does make mention of this “you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another”

    It may seem like nitpicking, but Jesus Christ IS sufficient for all our needs.
    For me it’s not about Paul, we are disciples of Jesus Christ.

    Blessings

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      • You’re a good man Bruce and I sure do appreciate you, and your work for the Kingdom of God.
        Also Bruce, all that you’ve overcome in your life is an inspiration to press forward into righteousness.
        Seriously, you’re a good man.
        I may be a nobody from Edmonton Alberta, but this nobody is pretty impressed with you and I don’t doubt your love for Jesus Christ, even though I bust your chops from time to time. Hehe
        Blessings
        Blessings
        In case you missed it, that’s a double Blessing to you and yours.

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