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October 30, 2015, 7:38 AM

Future Minded, but living in the Present

"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven." Acts 1:11 Five times in this first chapter of Acts the literal visibility of Christ's ascension is mentioned. The ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven was personal and visible. His return, the angels declare, will be in like manner. But then the angels make this encouraging announcement. Jesus is coming back! Although the disciples stood gazing at the departure of Christ, they can't stay there. Now that Jesus is gone, and because He promises to return, the earth, not the sky, must be the focus of their gaze and their labors. The same statement is good for us today, isn't it? While we look by faith toward Heaven we must now focus our labors upon earth. We have work to do, in expectation of our Savior's return. Jesus is returning soon. Every eye will see Him and every knee will bow to Him. But the important question is how will you see Him when He comes? Will you see Him as ruler and judge, or as Redeemer and Savior?

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