On Thursday, the church will commemorate Christ’s arrival in heaven as the exalted Lord of heaven and earth. Forty days after the resurrection, Jesus was lifted up and a cloud took him out of sight. The festival is known as the Ascension of Our Lord and we will celebrate that festival next Sunday.
According to the Book of Acts, the disciples marveled at the event and continued daily in the Temple, worshiping and praying. Yet, I could imagine that they were dumbfounded and even crippled by the sense of loneliness they now felt without Jesus among them. Yet, that is the beauty of his teaching and the gift of his Word. As we heard on Sunday, Jesus opened our minds to understand the Scriptures…the whole Scriptures…how every book, every message is pointing us to the divine story which unfolds in his life and ministry, his death and resurrection, his exaltation and his second coming in glory. While we are away from Christ, he has given us his Word in the Bible to engage the story of our redemption and the message of His love. While we enter into summer and its different pace, I encourage you to open God’s Word and grow into Him and his promises for you.
Growing in faith, love, and obedience to God’s Word with you,
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(June 2), you are invited to read:
Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 22:66-71