Like every dog, Jack watches with anticipation for me to return whenever he sees me go. “I’ll be back, Jack,” I assure him as he looks at me with somewhat mournful eyes. If he had his way I would stay with him every moment of the day.
It was the same with the disciples of Jesus. After the crucifixion, when they finally began to understand exactly who Jesus was and why He had come, there came the moment when He told them goodbye. We read in Acts 1:9-11, “He was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see Him. As they strained to see Him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday, He will return from heaven in the same way you saw Him go!'”
As we enter the Easter season, we are reminded of this wonderful fact: Jesus is coming again. We wait and watch. We don’t know when He will come, but we know it will happen. He will return and take us with Him.
When I leave Jack, he looks longingly, but he doesn’t stand gazing after me every moment I’m away. He’s very busy. He has hole digging to do, hard work keeping the birds from landing in his yard, and of course, there’s play time with his ball and frisbee. He keeps busy, but every so often, he takes time to stand and watch for my return. He looks for the signs: the sound of my car, the sight of me walking toward the house. Oh, delight, when he sees the signs of my return.
It is the same with us. We are busy with the things of life, both the mundane necessities as well as the ministry aspects we are involved in: but every now and again, we take time to stop and reflect. We look for the signs of His return. The signs are there, of course. He is coming again.
As the song reminds us, “Oh what a day of rejoicing that will be.”