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The Ascension of Jesus

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The Ascension of the Lord 051612


Tomorrow, Thursday is Ascension Day, one of the earliest Christian holidays to be historically noted (68 AD) or just a few years after the death and ascension of the risen Christ.


Only the Amish and some Old Order Mennonite Churches keep the holiday however, which marks the 40th day since Easter by refraining from work, and attending an early morning church service. In some Amish communities, it is often a day for fishing, or big family meals, but not for work.


I’m not at all sure what ‘Ascension’ means for Jesus, except that ‘he ascended’. But what did Jesus teach us during these 40 days since his resurrection on Easter morning?


And 40 days seems to be perfect for spiritual growth, as well as being a repeated number throughout the Bible (how many do you recall?). But the 40 days of Lent seemed to work well for a spiritual renewal before Easter. The 40 days since Easter seem less focused in the modern church, but maybe should be a further time of focused growth and spiritual practice. What did Jesus teach us in these forty days?


Pray for peace


brother Bill


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Psalm 93


Deuteronomy 11:18-21


Mark 16:19-20




Psalm 93


The Majesty of God’s Rule

1 The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
2   your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.

3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
more majestic than the waves of the sea,
majestic on high is the Lord!

5 Your decrees are very sure;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, for evermore.


Deuteronomy 11:18-21


18 You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. 19Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 20Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.


Mark 16:19-20


The Ascension of Jesus


19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.


The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 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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Comments on: "The Ascension of the Lord 051612" (2)

  1. My first pastoral assignment was in a church that observed Ascension Day, First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Nebraska. Like you I did not not know it was such a special day. It is an opportunity to affirm the variety of ways “ascended” can be interpreted – ascending a throne, ascending to a higher status, etc.

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