May 29, 2022

The Ascended Christ

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Passage: Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53
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In Luke Jesus appears to the apostles after His resurrection, and explains more about how his death and resurrection had been foretold in the Old Testament.  Then He takes them out and is lifted into heaven.  Acts makes it clear that His teaching and explanations occurred for forty days before He ascended.  But His ascension is explained in John, where He says that unless He leaves them, the Spirit will not come in its fullness.

Jesus has ascended to heaven so that the Holy Spirit may come in power.

Confession

Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth.  You have ascended to heaven, and sent Your Spirit to be with us and continue Your instruction and empowerment.  Yet we often find ourselves not listening to Your spirit.  We don’t have a physical awareness of Your presence, so we move away from You and obedience to Your love.  Forgive us, and help us to recognize Your presence in our lives every day.