This sermon was based on Acts 1:9-11.
9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “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.”
Hope and Patience
- This has been the theme of the last 9 months. “When lockdown is over.” … “When things get back to normal” … “When the vaccine is rolled out”.
- Patience is not hard wired into our culture – we want things now!
- Confrontation with the fact that things are not right… Looking to a day when they will be. That is what ADVENT is all about…. Stories of promises and waiting
- This longing has always been part of the Christian experience. There is a deeper cry. MARANATHA – Come Lord Jesus.
Jesus is Coming Back
- These are troubled times, we can wonder “Is this just how it is now?” Or is it for a time and change for the better will come? The angel’s promise. postures us like Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Simeon and Anna. Waiting for Christ to come.
- This is not just a vague sense of things being better. It is specific – JESUS is coming back. The Same Jesus – ‘THIS Jesus who was taken up.’
- Jesus appeared to them bodily – He will return in the same way. He was visible – his return will be seen and be visible (it won’t be something we first hear about on the bottom of our internet news feed – it will not be missed!) It will also be different to what we have seen before – Horse and Sword – Humility and Glory – Promises fulfilled and not yet fulfilled – Entering into creation – restoring and judging creation.
The New Earth
- No one knows when his return will come – not the angels, not even the Son!
- It will be not that we go to heaven, but that heaven comes to earth.
- What to expect:-
GREAT BANQUET – Food, wine, laughter, community.
FORMER THINGS PASSED AWAY – Sickness, death, crying, evil