The Ascension of the Lord

May 14, 2018


Go to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every living creature.  . . . it sounds simple enough doesn’t it?  But there is an awful lot happening, behind the scenes of this command, that is worthy of our consideration.

First, the context in which we hear this Gospel.  The Gospels we hear just before speak to what is about to happen.  Jesus tells the disciplines, “it is better for you if I go,” and “I have much to tell you but you cannot bear all of it now.”  And so I ask you, why is it better for them if Jesus goes?”  And what is it about what he wants to say that they cannot take?

Simple: that by the grace of the Holy Spirit, they have been given what they need to save themselves.  That because of Jesus’ resurrection and then ascension we have all that we need by the grace of the spirit.  And yet how many of us keep praying without the accompanying activity?


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