"Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
1 Peter 2: 1–10
When young children experience separation anxiety, they become frantic when they lose sight of their loved one. Similarly, when Jesus was crucified, the disciples were devastated. In their minds, He was gone. It was not until Jesus began appearing to them that their faith grew, like children realizing their loved one will return.
By the time Jesus ascended, the disciples were secure in their relationship with Him; their outspoken witness and joy revealed their confidence in Christ’s promise to return. Today, as we stand in a long line of disciples waiting for Jesus’ return, we too can be confident of His return. In the midst of our circumstances, the promise remains. Jesus is coming back. His love for us was revealed through His every action: coming to earth, forgiving sins, bringing healing and being crucified on our behalf. Having loved us enough to endure all of this, He will surely return as promised. Meditating on this truth will fill us with joy and equip us to witness to others.
No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good.
2 Samuel 1–3