WE SEE JESUS
Part 4 of 4
Pastor Floyd H. Crook(1982)
“THEREFORE we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip….Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet….But now we see not yet all things put under him. BUT WE SEE JESUS, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste DEATH FOR EVERY MAN.” Hebrews 2:1,8b,9.
JESUS’ ASCENSION TO GOD’S RIGHT HAND
After being with the disciples forty days, He gave the disciples the promise of the Holy Ghost, and “...while they beheld, he was taken up… Acts 1:9. After He went out of sight, they kept gazing up. He went beyond their vision, but we know by the Word of God that Jesus went to the right hand of the throne of God, where He lives to make intercession for us. He is our attorney; He always wins the case, and is never “bought off.” HE IS COMING AGAIN. WE SEE JESUS.
The words to the disciples were: “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? 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. That refers literally to when He will come to the earth. His feet will stand on that same mountain from which He was taken to heaven. When He returns that very mountain will cleave asunder, half to the north and half to the south - and another cleaving half to the east and half to the west; a cross. He will come as King of kings and Lord of lords.
That is a thrilling thought, but before He takes control of the earth, “...the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” I Thessalonians 4:16-17.
When He comes down there is going to be some ready ones that will meet Him in the air. We see Him coming for those that are walking with God; like Enoch of old. He walked with God continually for at least 300 years. After Enoch’s translation there came a terrible judgment on this earth God sent a flood, and all perished, except the eight souls in the ark. The Bible tells us that something similar is going to take place before another great judgment falls. Some on earth have gone through terrible things, but that is not the Great Tribulation. This judgment will involve the entire world.
Jesus said: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21. But the Lord has given the promise: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon ALL THE WORLD,” Revelation 3:10. We see the shadows of the tribulation right now, but thank God, WE SEE JESUS, figuratively speaking.
Another way we see Jesus is in the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
In conclusion, First we see Jesus as our Savior; then as the One who fills us with the Holy Spirit and causes us to be “More than conquerors through him that loved us.” The Holy Spirit enables us to stand the tests when the enemy assails us. We need to be endued with “POWER FROM ON HIGH.” to stand the trials.
Today, by faith, WE SEE JESUS, but one of these days we shall behold Him in all of His beauty and glory! HALLELUJAH!