Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for May 24, 2020; The Ascension of Our Lord
Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53
[Jesus said,] “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) . . . but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49b) After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. (Acts 1:9)
Oh to be one of the disciples the day that Jesus ascended into Heaven. What a sight to behold! The disciples must have felt so many mixed emotions: awe in the sight of Jesus floating higher and higher, anticipation of Jesus’ promise of receiving power from on high, and sadness in the departure of their beloved friend and Lord. What a mixed bag of emotions they must have felt!
But what were they to do next? According to Jesus’ instructions, they were to simply go back to the city and wait until they were given this “power from on high; this gift of the Holy Spirit”. And they did just that. They went back to the temple and stayed there. They worshipped the Lord. The were in close fellowship with each other. They ate and drank and continued on with their days; their worship-filled, ordinary days. Sure they were different days from when they were fishermen and tax collectors. For sure their lives had been changed, but something even bigger was going to happen. Although they didn’t know what it was, they worshipped, fellowshipped and they waited for Jesus’ promise to be fulfilled. And whatever it was, they knew it would happen, because they knew, without a doubt, that Jesus was true to his word; if he said it would happen, it would happen! So they waited…
Well Jesus promises the same promise to us. He promises to send the Holy Spirit upon us. We know through his words that we receive the Holy Spirit through Baptism and through his word. He also has plans for us. Our Heavenly Father, bestows upon us his power to fulfill all that he desires to be accomplished through us. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
So just as the disciples continued to worship their Lord, fellowship together, and live their regular lives, they were ready to ‘go and do’ when God bestowed upon them his power. In the same way, we too can be assured of the Holy Spirit’s constant presence in our lives, and continue to seek the Lord in his word and worship, be with his people, and always be prepared to serve and proclaim him when he calls us to serve in the power of the Holy Spirit. Whether we are sent to do big or small proclamations of his love and salvation, it does not matter. We simply need to be ready and willing; saying “Here I am Lord. Send me! Send me!” And he will do it. Just wait and see.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know that when you ascended into Heaven, you promised to send the Holy Spirit and to live in me and sanctify me through faith in Jesus. Thank-you, that through him you are always with me; you in me and I in you. Please help me to always seek you and to be ready to willingly heed your calling, confident in the Spirit’s power in me. Open my heart and mind to follow you and to fulfill the good works you have prepared in advance for me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!