3.4.12 Sermon Passage
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Our text is Acts 1:9-11. The Ascension.
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.”
Here’s a question for you to consider… Why didn’t Jesus set up His kingdom on earth when He was here the first time? He could have. He could have given us the Spirit, and stayed around to rule, too. And we would have avoided centuries of war and famine and disease and misery. He asks us to pray that His kingdom will come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Why not just make it happen?
And a second question like it… Why the delay in His return? The disciples watched Him go up into heaven, and were promised He would return. They anticipated that He would come back in their lifetime. Every generation of believers has expected this, hoped for it, prayed for it. What do you think is the reason for allowing two millennia of misery… or is the answer unknowable?
Something to ponder. We will see what answers are found in scripture, and talk about it together, tomorrow.
And don’t forget, lunch at the Landers’ afterward!