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The Second Coming of Christ (9 of 9)
Series: Seven Startling Secrets of the Second Coming of Christ
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.THE PATTERN OF HIS RETURN
II. THE PURPOSE OF HIS RETURN
As we look in Acts 1, we’ll begin in Verse 9. It says, “AND WHEN HE HAD SPOKEN THESE THINGS, WHILE THEY BEHELD, HE WAS TAKEN UP; AND A CLOUD RECEIVED HIM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.
AND WHILE THEY LOOKED STEDFASTLY TOWARD HEAVEN AS HE WENT UP, BEHOLD, 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.”
What a time it must have been for those disciples as they stood on the Mount of Olives, Jesus had spent forty days with them after His resurrection from the dead. He had comforted them concerning the future. He had convinced them beyond any shadow of a doubt that He was alive.
And He had commissioned them to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. And the Bible says, “HE HAD SPOKEN THESE THINGS, WHILE THEY BEHELD” and the word behold means to look intently.
While they were looking intently on Him, His gravity was suspended, He began to rise in the air and those disciples watched Him as He rose in the air to go back to be with the Father and ascended to the glory of the Father.
Peter must have looked and said as Jesus went up higher than the olive trees, higher than the pinnacle of the temple, high up into the clouds; he must have looked so intently and said, “That’s the only one who ever loved me enough to change my life.”
John must have said, “There goes my Lord. There goes the one who showed me what the love of God was.” These disciples were just looking, wanting to get that last glimpse of Jesus when the two men who were obviously the angels of God stood by and said, “You men of Israel why do you stand here gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was take ...
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