Jesus Is in Heaven--Now What?
The same Jesus that ascended will return in glory to judge the living and the dead. The end of all things is at hand—it can occur at any time. Peter, therefore, encourages us to be watchful in our prayers loving one another as Christ has loved us, serving one another with the gifts He gives, and proclaiming His Word to the glory of His name.
As we await Jesus’ return we journey through this world, and we won’t be loved by the world around us anymore than the unbelieving world around Jesus loved Him. The apostle Paul echoes Jesus’ words in his letter to Timothy when he informs us that “those who seek to live godly lives will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Nevertheless, we are safe in our Savior.