FORTY DAYS

Acts 1:1-11 (KJV)

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

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.

Forty days.

Jesus had shown Himself alive after his crucifixion and resurrection for forty days.

That’s a pretty long time.

Forty days ago we were in the middle of our church camp out at Konasket Palmer State Park.

Since then we have:

· Celebrated three birthdays

· One anniversary

· One national holiday

We have had:

· Nine guest preachers and

· Four major church events

Forty days.

Forty days ago I took Anita to her orthopedic surgeon in Bonney Lake. He x-rayed her knee and her ankle and pronounced that her bone had healed and there was no permanent damage in the ankle.

In some ways it seems like forty days ago was just yesterday.

But since then I’ve been

· Over the Oregon border

· Almost to the Idaho border and

· Almost to the Canadian border

Jesus, “..shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days.”

I wonder what went through the disciple’s minds as those forty days progressed?

At first there was

· Wonder[1]that Jesus was alive, then

· Disbelief[2]

At some point, perhaps, His resurrection lost some of its wonder.

Rather than being amazed that Jesus was alive, they wanted to know when He would restore His kingdom.

It’s not a bad question.

I even think it is a good question

But it is the same sort of question they would have asked Him before He was crucified.[3]

Jesus corrected them a little bit, taught them a little bit, and then He restored their wonder.

Acts 1:9 (KJV)

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Suddenly, they weren’t asking the same old questions any more.

Now all they can do is look up in wonder and gaze into the heavens, and, Acts 1:10-11 (KJV)

.. 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.

I want to focus our attention on three words found in this promise;

This Same Jesus….

Jesus warned us Matthew 24 that in the last days there would be false prophets and false Christs.

The Apostle John said the same thing in,

Revelation 13:3-6 KJV

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

· With so many false prophets and false Christs

· When they are so good at imitating Christ that the Bible says if it were possible they would deceive the very elect of God

When they are so good at deceiving, how shall we ever know which Christ to follow?

The answer is this simple:

Follow "this same Jesus."

The promise of the coming of the Lord is a promise that

Acts 1:11 KJV

… 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.

This same Jesus

I. HAS LIVED FOREVER PAST

Micah 5:2 KJV

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

· The Messiah we look for

· The Saviour we set our gaze upon

· The Christ the Bible promises will come again

Is the same God who has lived forever in the past.

Revelation 1:7-8 KJV says,

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

This same Jesus, who is both the beginning and the ending.

This is the Jesus the Bible promises will come again.

· It is the same Jesus that was with the Father in Creation

· It is the same Jesus who spoke all that exists into being

· It is the same Jesus who upholds all things by the word of His power

That is the Jesus the Bible promises will come again.

This same Jesus; the One who said unto them,

John 8:58 KJV

….Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Acts 1:11 KJV

… 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.

Who is the Jesus the Bible promises will come?

This same Jesus

II. WHO CAME TO DWELL AMONG US

John 1:14 KJV

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

This same Jesus who

Came unto His own and His own received Him not.

This same Jesus who

Philippians 2:6-7 KJV

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

This is the Jesus who will come again in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.

It is not another Jesus.

It is this same Jesus

The same Jesus

· Who hungered and thirsted

· Who grew weary and slept

· Who groaned in His spirit and wept at Lazarus grave

This same Jesus.

This same Jesus who

· Calmed the seas

· Healed the crippled and

· Raised the dead

This same Jesus who

· Forgave the woman taken in adultery and

· Called the tax collector to be a preacher

This same Jesus who

Was transfigured on the mount before Peter and James and John

This same Jesus who

Hebrews 4:15 KJV

… was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Acts 1:11 KJV

… 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.

Who is it the Bible promises is our blessed hope?

This same Jesus

III. WHO DIED IN OUR PLACE

Revelation 1:7 KJV

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Revelation 5:6 KJV

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

· The same Jesus that was slain for the sins of the world.

· The same Jesus whose hands and side they pierced

Not a substitute

Not another manifestation of God

· Not a spirit

· Not a Ghost

· Not a vicar for Christ

The Bible's promise is that very Jesus who gave Himself on the Cross for us; after He ascended into Heaven,

Acts 1:11 KJV

… shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Philippians 2:5-8 KJV

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

To think that the very same Jesus who died for us, is the Jesus that is coming again is both a wonderful and terrible thought.

A. It is wonderful as a saved man

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There has never been an act of love equal to the love of God in His dying in our place.

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Marvin McKenzie

Marvin McKenzie

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Pastor, self published Amazon Author, avid student of the Bible. teacher of the Word of God in college level . Daily visit with God www.marvinmckenzie.org