March 25, 2021 Wayne Sullivan

What has captured the gaze of your heart?

What has captured the gaze of your heart?

Acts 1:9-11

New Testament Thursday!


What has captured

the gaze of your heart?


Acts 1:9–11

9 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. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 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.”1


The Ascension of our Lord into heaven was an incredibly important aspect of His earthly ministry. Think about it like this: We needed the Holy Spirit to empower us to complete the mission Jesus has given us in one accord. Without the ascension, Jesus could not have sent us the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, nor could He operate as the great High Priest who is interceding on our behalf.


The Ascension of Christ is an amazing part of the Gospel that inspires or faith and reminds us of our new missional purpose. It occured 40 days after His resurrection, immediately after He commissioned the disciples for the last time, and only 10 days before the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. 


The Ascension also serves to keep us focused on the window of opportunity that God has given the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation to our world lost in sin. 


Notice that as Jesus ascended into heaven and disappeared from their bewildered gaze, two angels appeared with the message, “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.”


Jesus will return at some unknown point in the future, maybe even today! What are you currently gazing at? Whatever it is, stop gazing and refocus your attention on the person of Christ and the mission He commissioned you with, if you are a disciple. If you aren’t, know this: Jesus will return. Will you be ready to meet Him? Meditate upon this today! 



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The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Acts 1:9-11