Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus called his followers together. He told them that he was going to leave them, and so they were not to expect to see him in the same way that he had been appearing to them. But he promises two things: that his Spirit would come and be with them, and that one day he will return in glory, to judge heaven and earth, to reign in love and to bring in God’s final glorious kingdom when this universe will become what God meant it to be in the first place. And then, like the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament, Jesus was taken from them up into heaven.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is in heaven, that God has given him all authority and power, that he is the ultimate ruler of heaven and earth, that he has sent us his Spirit and that he is praying for us. And we pray for the day when he returns. He says, ‘Surely I am coming soon’. And we reply, ‘Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!