This Same Jesus

What will Jesus be like when He returns? Will we see Him? Recognize Him? Take His hand?

Angels announced the answer. He will be the same as when He went away. The disciples saw Him, viewed the scars from the cross and ate with Him. And all this after the resurrection.

Some expect Christ to return as an invisible spirit. Anticipating that coming error, He refuted it, saying: “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39). Following this revelation, He ate broiled fish and honeycomb before them.

Writing of His return, John said: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also who pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7).

The Bible calls the return of Christ the blessed hope: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Are the skies dark today? There is a better day coming.

Does the future seem hopeless? Remember the blessed hope.

Do you feel like giving up? Look up. Jesus is coming.

Are you burdened? Depressed? It will be worth it all when we see Christ.