THEME: Jesus is Coming Back Again
PASSAGE: Acts 1:1-11
HYMN: MHB 233- JESUS to Thee we fly
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 1:11 “… Men of Galilee, why do 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 of Apostles is the bridge between the synoptic gospels and the rest of the Old Testament. For instance, to understand Paul’s epistles, you need to study the Acts of the Apostles.
Luke begins the book with what many called “a resumption preface” which serves to link the two books and anticipates the features he wants to stress as being constitutive for Christian mission. He begins the subject of the first volume of all that Jesus began to do and teach up His ascension throughout His two volumes. He then addresses the book to Theophilus as he did in Lk. 1:3. He goes further to the mandate to witness given to the Apostles who acted through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke also relates the ascension of Christ after 40 days of His resurrection seen by many convincing proofs, speaking about the kingdom of God.
The disciples gazed at Christ’s ascension to heaven and they were reminded that in the same way, Christ is coming back again. We need to be reminded, however, as Christians, that the second coming of Christ is near and at this time, He is not coming back to witness but to rapture the faithful ones.
Hence, we need to repent of all our sins, give priority to the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33) and be ready for His return. No one knows the time and season that Jesus will come, but He will surely come back. Don’t gaze up and down but be in readiness, lest He found you wanting at His return. Do away with all forms of wickedness, fornication, lies, malice and all that may hinder you. Many may doubt His coming, but it is certain Christ is coming back again.
PRAYER: As we await Your second coming, Jesus Christ, help us to be ever ready every day so that we may not be caught unawares. Amen.

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