Acts part 5, A study of Acts 1:9, Acts 1:10, and Acts 1:11 with our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 1:9

After He said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. NIV translation

For me, this is such a cool verse. We talked earlier about having a friend in Jesus, now we learn that our friend went up to heaven. We would all agree that it is great to have friends here on earth but that doesn't come close to having a friend in heaven at the very right hand of God (the creator of the universe). That's our Jesus!

Maybe some of you that read this are not a part of the "in crowd" . Maybe you are called names, picked on, beat up, etc. Maybe you have tried drugs, alcohol, sex, or something else to kill the pain of not fitting in but found they are not the answer. If you grab on and hold on to Jesus, then you have a very powerful friend that can help you to overcome anything.

This same Jesus is the one that is in heaven. Do you know him? If you do, remember that you are never alone. If you don't know him, find out about him before it's too late.

Acts 1:10

"They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them." NIV translation

Can you imagine Jesus giving you instructions and then going up to heaven before your very eyes? When this verse says "they were looking intently" I want to say duh, that's got to get your attention. How awesome is Jesus!

Then it says "two men dressed in white stood beside them". The fact that there was two men there is significant because, in the Old Testament, it took two or three men saying the same thing as a sign that it was the truth.

Acts 1:11

""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."" NIV translation

We can find comfort in this verse during the rough times of our life. Just the fact that Jesus is coming back for us is such a wonderful promise but are we doing what the apostles were doing? Are we stuck standing there looking up and waiting for his return? Just a few verses earlier, Jesus had given them instructions. They were to wait for the power, then, get to work reaching the world. We, as Christians today, have that same power as well as the same mission. If you are still standing looking up and waiting, then maybe you need to fall to your knees and ask yourself do you really know Jesus. My friends, the simple fact of the matter is that, if you know Jesus, you will be his witness just like he told the apostles.

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