A Gazing Cow

The following is chapter 22 in the children’s series, If They Could Talk, the story of our redemption as it unfolds from Genesis to Revelation. This is the story of Jesus’ ascension in Luke 24 and Acts 1.

My Friends,

He was here, He was there; forty days of comings and goings. He would appear; He would vanish—from one location to another. All His disciples saw Him and spoke with Him, so did hundreds of other. Multiple appearances and convincing proof; He was alive and He was here. Then something startling happened. And I saw it with my own two eyes.

Our head is not always down. Grass in mouth and chewing our cud, we cows see more than you think. The Mount of Olives was one of our herd’s favorites; for good reason. There were always lots of grass and lots of quiet. Then I noticed them, a dozen of your kind—eleven were the same, one was different. At first I thought it was just the light; the sun upon one and the shade upon the eleven. I went closer. And when I did, what a shock! The one wasn’t in the light; the light came from him. Odd, I thought. But then he spoke and then I knew. It was the risen Messiah—Jesus talking to His disciples. What was He saying? I had to know.

Moving still closer, mumbles became words. Just in time to hear Him say to them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Suddenly, as if jerked from the sky by rope, He lifted into the air. Higher and higher He went, arms stretched in blessing. And on a clear day where there had been no clouds, all of a sudden there was one. He disappeared into it. What was I seeing? What did it mean?

The sacred and the awe were not done. Gazing into the heavens with the disciples, all of us turned at once as angelic voices spoke. There were two of them wearing heavenly white. I will never forget their question, “Why do you stand looking into heaven?” Nor shall I forget their proclamation that followed, “This Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Several summers and winters have since passed. We cows spoke often of what happened on the mount that day. We know what we saw, and we know what we heard. Here is what we believe. He was exalted that day; rising in glory into the cloud of God’s presence. He rose from death all the way to the height of glory. Here for a while; now forever at the right hand of God He reigns.

He came to save His sons and daughters. And He did; defeating sin, death, and the devil before ascending to His rightful throne where He orchestrates and rules over all. O, and this; lest we forget. The angels said He is coming back. Of course I believe them. Do you?

Still amazed,

The Cow

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