…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. – Acts 1:11
Jesus is gone but He still exists. He has left us, but He is not dead; He has not dissolved into nothing like the mist of the morning. “This same Jesus” is gone up unto His Father’s throne, and He is there to-day as certainly as He once stood at Pilate’s bar. As surely as He did hang upon the cross, so surely does He, the self-same man, sit upon the throne of God and reign over creation. I like to think of the positive identity of the Christ in the seventh heaven with the Christ in the lowest deeps of agony. The Christ they spat upon is now the Christ whose name the cherubim and seraphim are hymning day without night. The Christ they scourged is He before whom principalities and powers delight to cast their crowns. Think of it and be glad this morning; and do not stand gazing up into heaven after a myth or a dream. Jesus lives; mind that you live also. Do not loiter as if you had nothing at all to do, or as if the kingdom of God had come to an end because Jesus is gone from the earth as to His bodily presence. It is not all over; He still lives, and He has given you a work to do till He comes. Therefore, go and do it.
“This same Jesus”-I love that word, for “Jesus” means a Savior. Oh, ye anxious sinners here present, the name of Him who has gone up into His glory is full of invitation to you! Will you not come to “this same Jesus”? This is He who opened the eyes of the blind and brought forth the prisoners out of the prison-house. He is doing the same thing today. Oh that your eyes may see His light! He that touched the lepers, and that raised the dead, is the same Jesus still, able to save to the uttermost. Oh that you may look and live! ~ C.H. Spurgeon