FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
“And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:9-11 ESV
JESUS CONQUERED THE FUTURE
Johnny’s mother saw him playing church with the family cat. The cat was sitting there quietly while Johnny preached his sermon to the cat. Johnny’s mother smiled and went back to her work. A little while later, she heard a huge commotion where Johnny was supposed to be playing. She heard the cat meowing and hissing. She rushed to the door and looked out to see Johnny shoving the cat into a tub of water.
“What are you doing to the poor cat?” yelled his mother. “I’m trying to baptize the stupid thing,” Johnny yelled back. “You can’t do that to a cat. It’s afraid of water,” said Johnny’s mother. Johnny replied, “He should have thought of that before he joined my church.”
Jesus wanted everyone who chose to follow Him to know what the future held. In Acts 1:9-11 we are promised that Jesus is coming back to get us in the future. The world brings new challenges every day. But we are reminded that this world is not our home. One day our Jesus will return for those who have trusted in Him. Just as He rose from the grave and ascended to heaven, He will come in like manner. Because of His resurrection and ascension we are a people of promise! He will return!
How should the funeral of a Christian be different from the funeral of someone who dies without Jesus? When you think about the future, what are your biggest concerns? Talk to God about your concerns and ask Him to give you an eternal perspective on those concerns.