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Ascension of Jesus Christ

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Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 47

Ephesians 1:15-23

Luke 24:44-53

 

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Today is the date celebrated as the day of Jesus’ Ascension. Some Anabaptist groups, the Amish and Old Order Mennonites among them, shut down businesses and work today as a religious holiday.

Yesterday I traveled though south central Missouri to do business with several Mennonite agricultural and horticultural businesses, and it was clear that today is a holiday for them. Every business had a sign announcing they would be closed today. Included in today’s scripture are two accounts of Jesus’ ascension.

But everyone I spoke with and visited reminded me that the Kingdom of God is coming to earth. One can experience the friendliness, the peace and the love of Jesus’ followers by doing business and visiting these people, and becoming a Christian. We are reminded that when Jesus ascended, he left us here to do his work. Bring the Kingdom of God into your life today. Find peace, and share it with all you meet.

God Bless you on this day, and pray for peace.

Peace,

(brother) Bill

 

Acts 1:1-11

1In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Psalm 47

1Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.

2For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.

3He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.

4He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

5God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

6Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.

8God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

9The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.

Ephesians 1:15-23

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Luke 24:44-53

44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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