Looking To The Future
OPEN: It seems Moody Bible Institute supports a home for mentally handicapped children. One day the President of Moody (Joseph Stowell) went there for a visit. While walking through the corridors, he noticed that the windows were covered with tiny little hand prints. He asked the director, what that was all about.
The director replied, "The children here love Jesus and they're so eager for Him to return that they lean against the windows as they look up to the sky." (David Daniels, sermoncentral.com)
APPLY: Those handicapped children were looking for Jesus to return. They loved Him so much and were so eager to see Him come that they literally watched the skies for His return.
And that's pretty much what the Disciples were doing here in our story this morning. It's not so much that they were watching for His return... they didn't want to leave in the 1st place.
As I was reading this passage in Acts 1 it struck me that some might get the impression that we shouldn't be eager for Christ's return. After all, the angels said to the disciples: "Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:11
It almost like the angels were telling the disciples that they shouldn't be like those kids with their handprints on the windows. When the angels declared "Why do you stand here looking into the sky?" it's almost as if they were saying... don't get too wrapped up in Jesus' coming back
But that's not what it's saying. In II Peter 3:9-14 Peter (who was there that day) wrote this:
"...the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy an ...
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