Into the Clouds and Back Again
Luke 24:50–53; Acts 1:1–12; The Desire of Ages, pp. 829–835
I want to be with Jesus when He comes back for me.
“ ‘This same Jesus . . . will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven’ ” (Acts 1:11, NIV).
Have you ever gone to an airport? Have you ever seen a plane take off? Did you see it grow smaller and smaller until it disappeared? Something like that happens in our story.
After Jesus was crucified and came back to life again, He spent 40 days with His disciples. During that time He encouraged them. He helped them believe that He really was alive again. And He prepared them for the work they were to do.
On His last day on earth, Jesus and His disciples visited together on one of their favorite spots, the Mount of Olives. From there, they could look down on the city of Jerusalem. The beautiful marble temple gleamed in the sun.
Only Jesus knew He would be leaving soon.
The disciples had just asked Him if He would overthrow the ruling king. Would He take His place on the king’s throne? They still didn’t understand! Jesus wasn’t going to be an earthly king. He would be the King of their lives.
Gently, Jesus told them that the Holy Spirit would be with them. They were to take His message to all the world. Everyone must know about His death and resurrection.
After He said this, Jesus began to rise slowly into the air. He rose past the treetops, straight up into the sky. The disciples must have wondered what was happening. Maybe they watched with their mouths hanging open. Silently He disappeared into the clouds. They strained their eyes as Jesus disappeared from their sight.
As they stood staring into the sky, two men in white robes joined them. These two angels had stayed behind to help the surprised disciples understand what had just happened. The angels spoke, “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” (Acts 1:11, NIV).
The disciples began immediately to spread the good news about Jesus all over the world. Their work was the beginning of Christianity; a new religion based on three special beliefs:
The disciples missed Jesus. They wanted Him to come back. How about you? Do you want Jesus to come again? Do you want to be with Jesus forever? He will help you to get ready. Just ask Him.