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Ascension Day

Jesus will return on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Jesus will return on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Today Christians throughout the world remember our Lord’s ascension into heaven.

Even though Jesus Christ has ascended to heaven, we are not alone.  He sent his Holy Spirit to be with us, and he gives us his peace as he promised, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

And someday he will return.  As the angels told the disciples, “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Yes, he will return to this pain-filled world and then, finally, there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.  He will make all things new and once again all will be good, as it was in the beginning.

Until then let us remember that Jesus is always with us, through his Holy Spirit and through his people.

May God bless you this Ascension Day.  To him alone be the glory.  Amen.

Aside:  Bach put all these emotions into his beautiful Ascension Day Oratorio.  (This performance has some English subtitles; an English translation of the lyrics is also available.)

This is part of a series of occasional meditations about daily life, Bible readings, and our pastor’s  sermons based, in this case, on Luke 24:50-53.  See also Matthew 24:30, Acts 1:6-11, John 14:27, and Revelation 21:4,5. 

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