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Twelve Great Questions About Christ (Part 9 of 12)
Will Christ Come Again?
Clarence E. Macartney
1 Cor. 11:26
The last that "the world" saw of Jesus Christ was when
He hung dead upon the Cross at Calvary. But His
disciples declared that the dead Jesus rose from the
grave and appeared unto them, during a period of forty
days showing Himself alive by many infallible proofs.
At the end of that time He ascended into heaven and a
cloud received Him out of their sight. But, instead of
grieving and despairing because they saw Him no more,
the disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy and
were continually in the temple praising God. What was
the secret of that joy? How strange that these
disciples should rejoice when their Lord is taken from
them! The secret of their joy was that they expected
Him to return.
Before His death, and perhaps between His resurrection
and His ascension, Jesus had instructed the disciples
as to His return to the earth. Still, it is one thing
to receive instruction, another thing to act upon it.
They were gazing steadfastly up into heaven, thinking
we hardly know what, as they looked upon the cloud
which had received their Lord out of their sight, when
two men robed in white stood by them and 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
God knows when to speak to His children and what to
speak. His angels come when our hearts need to hear
their message. With that great assurance ringing in
their ears, the disciples returned to Jerusalem filled
with joy and hope. In a few days the Holy Spirit was
poured out upon them, and the Christian Church
commenced its work in the world.
The promise that our Lord will come again occupies
such a place in Christian revelation that to ask the
question, Will Christ come again? amounts to saying, ...
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