Acts 1:6–11 (ESV)
6 So when
they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of
their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same
way as you saw him go into heaven.”
I know we just covered the Ascension a couple of days ago, but Acts goes back through it again. Luke is not consistent with his language. In Luke he
was “carried up” and in Acts, he was lifted up. Either way, they both can be implying the same thing, but one thing is for sure, he went up into the clouds and was out of sight. It must have been a fascinating sight, because everyone
was standing around looking up into heaven. There are several promises in this passage. The first promise is the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Second promise, is that he is coming back, thus a “Second Coming”. He also fulfilled
another statement in that he will be taken away.
I pray: O Lord, you make promises and keep them. I make promises and break them. Your promises help me and my broken promises her you.
Help me to do better. Help me to walk according to your ways. Help me to keep my eyes focused on my heavenly home. Amen.