". .while they watched, He was taken up,

and clouds received Him . . " Acts 1:9 (NKJV)


“. . . . behold, One like the Son of Man,

Coming with the clouds of heaven!

He came to the Ancient of Days . . .”

Daniel 7:13 (NKJV) 

      God’s matchless scheme of redemption for the salvation of sinful man was conceived in the mind of God before the creation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4. The first glimmer of light showing forth God’s eternal scheme of redemption for His fallen creation is just after Adam and Eve rebelled against Him, but while still in the Garden. When speaking to the serpent (Satan) God had said, “. . . I will put enmity . . . between your seed and her Seed; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His feet.” (Genesis 3:15). 

      The Cross of Calvary is the very thing Satan so desperately tried to prevent. Remember in an earlier devotional? It was pointed out that he tried to cause Mary to have a miscarriage by riding a beast of burden to Bethlehem. Then he tried to cause Him to die as from disease by being born in a dirty and unsanitary stable. Later the evil one tried to cause Jesus to die from bleeding to death from stress and heart ache on the Mount of Olives, but Jesus prayed for God to “take this cup away”. Finally, in desperation Satan tried to rescue Jesus through a dream by Pilate’s wife. 

      Jesus knew, and Satan knew that once He was beyond the cross that His resurrection and ascension were as good as a done deal. 

      Christ repeatedly spoke of the coming of His kingdom. One of my favorite is where I can visualize Jesus standing very erect and with a sweeping gesture of His hands, says, “. . . there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom present with power!”(Mk. 9:1 NKJV) See Matt. 16:28 & Lk. 9:27. 

      No, that scripture is not looking into the far distant future. If it were He would have said, “. . . there will be some standing there. . .” It is important to remember that the Old Testament was looking forward to the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord. The New is looking back to these. The Holy Bible touches on many subjects, but, its prime focus is on the redemption of fallen humanity, nothing else. 

      What Christ went through to guarantee our eternal salvation is more than I can imagine. Satan tried every conceivable means, as mentioned earlier, to interrupt God’s eternal plan. Praise God, Satan failed miserably! There is only one way to kill a serpent, which is as expressed in Genesis, “bruise” his head!! 

      This event, the bruising of Satan’s head, is what Christ was alluding to when He declared from the cross, “It is finished!”(John 19:30). 

      It is now 10 days before Pentecost and Jesus and His disciples are on a hill top. The final demonstration of His Messiahship has been completed. Ever since the Savior spread out His hands over Bethany and blessed the men of Galilee, a balm has lingered in earth’s atmosphere, which was not there before. The earth will never again be as bleak as before, because the Savior has been here. Also, the grave is no longer dark and fearsome, because Jesus has been there. The bowels of hell cannot stomach the saved, because Christ was there and took away its appetite. Goodness now has new charms and heaven has a new attraction because Jesus said, “I GO TO MY FATHER", as with Him is where the Christian longs to be. 

      As the disciples were looking up, Acts 1:10, they were seeing the beginning of that event Daniel had seen long before in his night visions. 

      What a God! What a Savior! What a life to live! What life to anticipate as we watch and listen for that last trumpet! So come quickly Lord Jesus!                            

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 




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