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I'll Be Back

"Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.'" Acts 1:11

It's one of the rules of the church nursery, my friend with three little girls told me. "When you drop off your child, always tell them you will come back. And then by all means, come back! It is the only way they will accet being in the nursery."
What would it be like for us if the angel on the Mount of Olives had said, "Jesus has gone" and nothing more? What if Jesus had said "I am going to prepare a place for you, but you will have to get there on your own"? I know what I would do. I would give up hope. I would be like a child in the nursery standing alone in the middle of toys and books, staring at the door that once framed my mother. And I would cry. Not whimpers but bawling screams of pain and panic. There are few things more frightening to a child than being left alone without hope that Mom or Dad will return. For the child, life has ended.
But Jesus is coming back, He told me so. I need not spend my days in tears or pain. I can enjoy the fellowhip of others who are also expecting His return. And I can tell others about Jesus, friends and who wonder why they came into this world in the first place.
He is gone, but He is coming back. I know. Daddy told me so. And that makes all the difference.

Taken from Diamonds in the Dust-Joni Eareckson Tada

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