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Acts 1:6–11 Enjoying Creation

posted Apr 23, 2020, 9:16 AM by Jacob Boer

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  “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.”

 

I wonder why we don’t focus on Jesus going into heaven very often. I understand why Christmas and Easter are celebrated with a lot of joy and energy, but Jesus going to heaven is a story of great hope. When Jesus goes back to heaven, he goes as a living, physical person, having been raised from the dead 40 days earlier. This is a huge message of hope for me because it means that after I die, I don’t become some spiritual being only, but that I will still have a physical body, I will still be able to enjoy the taste of good food, the touch of a loved one, the smell of fresh rain and cut hay, hear someone say, “I love you,” and see the beauty and wonder of all creation and see Jesus himself! Our bodies are central to who we are and how we are created in God's image, since it's how we are able to be his stewards of creation.

As you go through the day today, marvel at your physical body with all its strengths and weaknesses with the comfort and hope of knowing that when we get to go to be with Jesus, our bodies will be renewed and I can only image how amazing our senses will help us to enjoy life even more than right now!

 

 

Q. How does “the resurrection of the body” comfort you?

A. Not only will my soul be taken immediately after this life to Christ its head, but also my very flesh will be raised by the power of Christ, reunited with my soul, and made like Christ’s glorious body.

 

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