Daily Devotion for Day of Ascension of Our Lord, Thursday May 9th

Thursday, May 9, 2013 – Celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord

Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:1-9; Ephesians 1:15-23 and Luke 24:44-53

Acts 1:1-11 – 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.” ….

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.

Today is the day set aside for remembering that our Lord Jesus Christ ascended unto heaven.

Jesus Christ was born. Jesus Christ lived. Jesus was arrested, tried and crucified. He was buried and then rose; appearing first to the women, then to the disciples and many other faithful witnesses. Lastly, he ascended unto heaven and was/is seated upon the throne of God.

Before ascending unto heaven, Jesus made a promise unto his disciples. The promise was that he would not abandon them but give them his Spirit which would abide with them and empower them. Sunday after next we’ll be celebrating how this gift came upon the disciples and now is with us.

For today, let’s focus upon Jesus ascending unto heaven. Jesus now would take his leave from his disciples. They would be alone once again. Yet it seems that now they have a better understanding of why Jesus came and what their mission in life was and would be, to share the good news of their Lord first in Jerusalem, then in the surrounding region and finally to the ends of the earth. This work continues to go on as our ascended Lord sends us out unto the world.

The world? I immediately think of places like Africa, yet today Christians from Africa are coming to the U. S. A. to share the gospel. The world? I believe this is right where we are. Our calling is to share the good news of Jesus Christ in places like Forsyth, our very own neighborhood and often with simply our neighbor.

This day, visualize Jesus risen from the dead and now ascended unto heaven. He’s gone so that his Spirit might truly come upon us. Through Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and now ascension death has truly lost its sting and we can fully trust God who gives us life now and promises it forevermore.

Friends hear once again the good news of the gospel;

Jesus Christ was born.
Jesus Christ lived.
Jesus was arrested, tried and crucified.
He was buried and then rose, appearing first to the women, then to the disciples and many other faithful witnesses.
Lastly, he ascended unto heaven and was/is seated upon the throne of God.

O Jesus, now seated upon heaven’s throne, may I hear your command and choose to do as you ask, share your love with others this very day. Amen.

Psalm 47:1-9 – 1   Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
2   For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome,
a great king over all the earth. ….

5   God has gone up with a shout,
the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6   Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7   For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm.

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

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