Did you know that a very important day on the Christian calendar takes place on Thursday, June 26th? A lot of people don't even think much of it and even many church's don't make a huge point of focusing their time on it but this important date is known as "Ascension Day."
This last sighting of the resurrected Christ is described for us like this:
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet.
It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (Luke 24:36-53 NIV)
While we are now 40 days out from Easter it's very easy to lose sight of this important day in Biblical history but let's not let this happen. Christ endured too much on the cross for each of us to not remember that He now sits at the right hand of God the Father. His return is what we hold onto and His faithfulness needs to be matched by our own.