Summary: We do not know when Christ will return but in these verses we will find out exactly what we should do “Until The Day”.
Until The Day
As we enter our text we arrive at a point where Jesus is giving a command to His disciples. Jesus has come and given his life to save us from our sins. He has risen from the grave and has revealed Himself to the disciples and has spoken to them concerning the Kingdom of God. v3 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:
Jesus gives them the promise that they will soon be baptized in the Holy Ghost. This will be the fulfillment of a promise that He had made in John chapter 16
John 16:7 ¶Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
The time had come. Jesus is soon to ascend to heaven. But before He goes He leaves them with a few final words. There are many things that Jesus could have said at this point. So we must realize the magnitude of what He is about to say. The words that Jesus will share in the next few verses were the most important words that the disciples could hear. They were the words that would describe what they were to do with the rest of their life.
In verse 6 they asked Him “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” This was a very legitimate question. As we mentioned earlier Jesus had been talking to them about the Kingdom of God.
Jesus answered them by saying “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
This is very similar to what we are experiencing today. Many people are questioning how long it will be before the Lord returns. I myself mention the fact that we are living in the last days on a weekly basis.
There is nothing wrong with looking for the Lord’s return. In fact we are to be prepared for Him at any moment. But the fact of the matter is, if we are only focused on His return, we can’t be about the Father’s business.
In verse 9 Jesus ascends to heaven and the disciples are there gazing into the clouds. Two men in white apparel say to them 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.
Many people are so busy staring into the heavens watching for Christ’s return that they fail to accomplish what Jesus Himself has commanded us to do!