Scripture Reading: John 14:1-4

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

This was our Lord's first message from heaven after His ascension. I am coming back again! I will return, and when I do, then the Kingdom promises will all be fulfilled without a single exception. Now a number of things are important in this verse:

  1. It will be the very same Jesus, the very same One who was born of a virgin, taught among men, died on the Cross, and arose from the grave. Yes, this same Jesus in a human body with the prints of the nails in His hands and feet — this same Jesus is coming back again.

  2. He will come in the same manner as He went away. He went away visibly; He will return visibly. He left them from the Mount of Olives; He will return to the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4). He went away leaving the promise of the Kingdom as His last message before He ascended; His first message after He ascended was the assurance of His return to set up this Kingdom.

  3. When He ascended He lifted up His hands to bless His disciples (Luke 24:50-51). When He returns it will be to bring in the full and complete blessing upon Israel and the nations, and the entire earth.

Yes, indeed, Jesus Christ is coming again. He is coming literally, visibly, bodily, in like manner as He has gone away. He may return today!

Lord, we wait for Thine appearing;

"Even so," Thy people say;

Bright the prospect is, and cheering,

Of beholding Thee that day.

— T. Kelly

"If you want to know if you REALLY believe in the imminent return of Christ, see if it has affected your life; for 'every man who hath this hope in him PURIFIETH HIMSELF'"!

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