And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, 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 1:4-11)
Today's Morsel: Throughout scripture, Jesus tried to reveal to the people who He was. But because He was a human, many did not believe Him who He said that He was. Shocking to some, and even more shocking to many today. Many question how Jesus Christ could be God in flesh. Many even wanted to kill Him for blaspheme. But Jesus said, "No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him" (Matthew 11:27). But in order to obtain this understanding, Paul said it takes the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12:3). Paul received his confirmation as to who Jesus was on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). And after his understanding and knowledge of Jesus, he wrote to the churches, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily"(Colossians 2:8-9). And he also told Timothy, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1 Timothy 3:16). He said God was manifested in flesh. Meaning, God came to earth, taking on human flesh. The angels told the apostles, "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." How is your understanding of Jesus today? Are you confused? Revelatation of Christ comes by the spirit of Christ. Ask, and it shall be given unto thee, seek and you shall find. Knock and the door of your understanding shall be open, Jesus said.
Sing: 1. Down from His glory, ever living story, My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name. Born in a manger, to His own a stranger, A man of sorrows, tears, and agony.
2. What condescension, bring us redemption; that in the dead of night, not one faint hope in sight, God gracious, tender, laid aside His splendor, stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul.
3. Without reluctance, flesh and blood His substance, He took the form of man, revealed the hidden plan, O glorious mystery sacrifice of Calvary, and now I know Thou art the great "I Am."
Chorus: O how I love Him! How I adore Him! My breath, my sunshine, my all in all! The great Creator became my savior, and all God's fullness dwelleth in Him.