Well today is Ascension Day. I wouldn’t have known it except for the fact my part time job takes me into Lancaster county and I’ve been seeing signs in businesses saying that they will be closed on Ascension Day. I visited a farm to buy some flowers and they were closed and the streets were busy with Mennonites riding in buggys dressed in their Sunday best so I put two and two together. So what is it? Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. It is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven.
We read of the event in the book of Acts 1:9-11 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, 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.
Ascension Day is a reminder that Jesus left us with work to do in His absence, and He will definitely come back to see what we have accomplished in His name, and also take us to be with Himself.
The “these things” referred to were outlined in the prior verse Acts 1:8 which says “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
John 14:3 says “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
So what are we doing while Jesus is away? Are we living for Him? Are we learning His Holy Word? Are we raising our families to know and follow Him? Are we doing the work He commanded us to do? Are we being His witnesses?
A lot of us get wrapped up in the hope that the people we elect will clean up our country and restore it to the greatness it once had. We look for a “savior” that will ride in on his white horse and restore all things. But beloved, the Bible says that things will get worse not better in the end times, and I believe if not already in, we are fast approaching the start of the End Times.
So wake up my brothers and sisters! Jesus is coming again! What will we present to Him when it is our turn to stand before Him face to face? Will there be souls who were saved through our witness, through our prayers, and through our sacrificial giving to ministries that preached the Gospel? I hope the answer is yes, and if you are lacking in these areas there is still time before the trumpet is sounded and time will be no more.
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