And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Four times in this chapter we read that “He was taken up.” God has highly exalted Him who stooped to the death of the cross for our redemption. Now He sits in highest glory at the Father’s right hand, the Man of patience, waiting for the hour when He is to return to the scene of His sufferings, first to claim His chosen bride and then to reign in righteousness over all the world. In that day of His power “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). The time draws nigh. Therefore let us labor on in faith while we await His return. The very fact that the hour of the second advent is not revealed should keep us on the alert, ever expecting to hear His shout, and to be called to meet Him in the air.
But whether it be noontide, or whether it be night,
Or whether at the morning’s dawn or in the evening’s light,
When we shall see His blessed face and clasp those pierced feet,
And mount with Him above the sky, then is our joy complete.
Yes, “satisfied,” thrice “satisfied,” to in His likeness wake,
To dwell with Him thro’ countless years when that glad morn
When He will come again.
—M. E. Rae
H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 242.