I wonder what it was like 2000 years ago when Jesus walked among us. How amazing it would have been to see Him - see Him heal the blind, cause the lame to walk, call forth the dead (and watch as they obey). Or to hear Him teach and preach - to listen to the Sermon on the Mount from His lips. I wonder if I would have stood in fear as He threw over tables in the Temple - or fell in awe to see all stones dropped with the adulteress. I wonder what it would have been like to see so few fishes and loaves become so much. I wonder.
And then I read one of the most exiting verses in the Bible. "... 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. " (Acts 1:11)
This same Jesus - that healed the blind
This same Jesus - that caused the lame to walk
This same Jesus - that called forth the dead
This same Jesus - that spoke the Sermon on the Mount
This same Jesus - that threw over the tables
This same Jesus - that forgave the adulteress
This same Jesus - that fed 5000
This same Jesus - that died in my place...took what I deserved...made the way to be right with God - is The Way to be right with God
This same Jesus - that rose from the dead
He is coming again!
It may not be with the same purpose and position; rather than suffering servant, He will be a conquering King. None the less, "this same Jesus" - who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.