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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Ascension celebrated on Sunday

I wonder how the Ascension really was. Luke tells us that, after telling his disciples to "stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high", Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken to up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy and they were continually in the temple praising God." (Luke 24:48-53}

In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke tells us: "I dealt with all Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the Kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for 'the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." 
Then Luke goes on to tell us how Jesus was lifted up and a cloud took him from their sight.
There is some message there about waiting; there is a value in that time of waiting for the Holy Spirit to empower them. Perhaps we are now waiting between Ascension and Pentecost and should intensify our prayer and praise in order to prepare for the Holy Spirit.

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