As the first cosmonaut into space Yuri Gagarin was used by the Soviet aethiest propogandists to observe, ‘I see no God here!’ But what should we expect to see when we look up?

These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared—in white robes! They said, “You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left.” Acts 1:9-11 (The Message)

The truth from the Bible is not that heaven exists above us, the earth beneath our feet (although it does), and hell below. When Jesus ascended to heaven he did rise, and metaphorically speaking this speaks of the hieght of heaven. We know that Yuri would not see God out in space. He was looking in the wrong place. Heaven is the encompassing presence of Almight God. He made earth to be the place of his creation, and therefore said to be his ‘footstool’ but his head resides as ruler of heaven. Heaven is the spiritual domain created by God, and from which the devil fell to his dominion at God’s feet. When Jesus returns, in the same way as he went to heaven but with the angel host and God’s glory, then  we will not fail to see him. To look after his going, to the skies we will only find them empty. Until Christ returns we will only have glimpses of heaven that is coming on earth. We will glimpse it in each other, the acts of kindness of a stranger, the power of love to overcome all wrong. Until Christ returns we are to seek to bring the kingdom of God in through the power of the Holy Spirit (who comes at Pentecost). Until Christ returns ‘on the clouds of heaven’ we are to live expectantly and seeking to emulate the sacrifical love of God in Jesus. 

Heavenly Lord, show me glimpses of heaven come today. In the world around me show your power. Let the part I play in this give you glory and praise as I live expectantly of Jesus’ return. Amen.

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