April 5, 2021

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Acts 1:9–11 (English Standard Version )
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.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

In Jesus' last conversation with His disciples, He promised to send them the Holy Spirit. This indwelling strength was given to empower them to carry the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

But as Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples were content at gazing as He slowly disappeared from their sight. Suddenly, two angels came and mildly rebuked them. There was work to be done before Jesus came back.

As Christians, we must keep in mind that religious holy days are to be observed with joy. But they are designed to remind us that there is work to be done. Jesus did not come into this world to die just so that we could celebrate. He came to save our souls. And when He returns, we all will give an account of the spiritual gift He has given us.

God’s Word for today warns us against just sitting and looking at what Jesus is doing. We are called to work until He comes back. So, let’s thank Jesus for yesterday’s Resurrection service. But we should not be content with watching the Livestream video. It’s time to get back to work.