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2. We have the word of God’s messengers at the time of His Son’s Ascension.

These words are recorded in the first chapter of the Acts which presents a scene of unusual interest and importance. Our Lord’s sojourn upon earth was now to terminate. The time of His departure was at hand. The great purpose of the Divine incarnation had been accomplished. The cross and the empty sepulcher lay behind, and now the Saviour of sinners was to be exalted to the right hand of the Majesty on high. Together with a few of His disciples He went as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them, and while in the act of blessing them He was “parted from them, and went up into heaven” (Luke 24:50, 51). And a cloud received Him out of their sight, and then we are told, “While they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, 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” (Acts 1:10, 11). Here again is a statement that is clear and simple. Here again is a promise that is plain and positive. The Lord Jesus has gone up into heaven, but He is not to remain there for ever. The “same Jesus” which ascended is to descend: the “same Jesus” which was seen returning to this earth. The absent One is coming back, coming back in person in “like manner” as He went away.

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