Promise to Return
"And if I [Jesus] go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."1
An article in Our Daily Bread reports how, "In 1914 Ernest Shackleton led an expedition to sail to Antarctica, and then walk to the South Pole. The expedition went according to plan until ice trapped the ship and eventually crushed its hull. The men made their way by lifeboat to a small island. Promising to come back for them, Shackleton and a small rescue party set out across 800 miles of perilous seas to South Georgia Island.
"With only a sextant to guide them, they made it to the island. Shackleton then led his party over steep mountainous terrain to the whaling port on the other side. Once there, he acquired a ship to rescue his crew. Their leader had kept his word and returned for them. Not one man was left behind."2
When Jesus completed his redemptive work here on earth, he promised that he would return again to take all his true followers and believers to be with him forever in heaven. "I will come again," he promised. And on his word we can totally depend.
Furthermore, immediately following his ascension to heaven, two angels appeared to Christ's eleven disciples and asked, "Men of Galilee, 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."3
If you are a true follower of Jesus of this one thing you can be certain, Jesus will come back for you. If you are not absolutely sure that you will be taken to heaven with Jesus when he returns, be sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian," online at: www.actsweb.org/christian.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for Jesus' promise, and that of the angels, that Jesus is coming back to earth to take all his true followers to be with him and you in Heaven for all eternity. For this I will be eternally grateful. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. John 14:3 (NIV).
2. Dennis Fisher in Our Daily Bread November 8, 2005.
3. Acts 1:11 (NIV).