May 26, 2019
“He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).”
With these appearances, Jesus was not only proving that he had truly risen. He was also speaking to his disciples about the kingdom of God, preparing them for his departure and what was to come next. At the end of those forty days…
“He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God (Luke 24:50-53).”
Tim Challies makes a great observation. “Have you ever noticed that when Jesus told his disciples that he would be leaving them, they reacted with sorrow, but then, when it actually happened, they reacted with joy?”
What had changed? It seems that they had come to understand why Jesus’ ascension was a reason for worship and rejoicing. This Sunday we want to do the same. What great things is God saying to us through Jesus’ ascension?
Kenny Clark will be preaching this week and Walt Harrah will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare And for all who will be at Grace for each of these services? We will be in a number of passages of scripture this week. You might be surprised how frequently Jesus’ ascension pops up in the New Testament! Here are just a few that you might read and reflect on in preparation for Sunday.
Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:19-23, 4:8-10;
Hebrews 7:24-25, 9:24; 1 John 1:21
See you Sunday. Come hungry!
Song Link of the Week
See the Conqueror mounts in triumph!
See the King in royal state!
Riding on the clouds His chariot
To his heavenly palace gate
Hark, the choirs of angel voices
Joyful alleluias sing
And the portals high are lifted
To receive their heavenly King.
Who is this that comes in glory
With the trump of jubilee?
Lord of battles, God of armies
He has gained the victory!
He who on the cross did suffer!
He who from the grave arose!
He has vanquished sin and Satan!
He by death has spoiled his foes!
They raced to the tomb, angels stood by
Mary was weeping for the empty inside
For the sins of the world, for the sake of His bride
He went to His death, and behold,
He’s alive! He’s alive! O, He’s alive!
Thou hast raised our human nature
In the clouds to God’s right hand
There we sit in heavenly places
There with Thee in glory stand
Jesus reigns adorned by angels
Man with God is on the throne
Mighty Lord in Thine ascension
We by faith behold our own
We by faith behold our own