Friday, May 18, 2007

The Ascension

Wednesday night at Vespers we talked about the Ascension of Jesus. I don't remember hearing a sermon on that topic, but to read the Acts account and see the beautiful old art depicting the ascension with angels meeting Jesus and the disciples looking at the men in white (wonder why there were two?) was stirring. Jesus was busy those 40 days between the resurrection and the ascension. Luke says in Acts he presented himself alive to the apostles "in many different settings' ( Message) over that time. I have already written about his cooking breakfast on the beach--but as one reads the accounts, many of the appearances have to do with eating and sharing food.

What a sight it must have been to see Him leave and a shock to see two men in white in his place. Wonder if they had wings? Wonder why they were in white? So many questions, but what a grand occasion!

The Message says that after the sighting, they went back to an upper room and agreed that they "were in this for good." The group included the women who had been following Jesus, Mary his mother and Jesus's brothers. I am sure they had no idea what glories were coming next--Just as we,while continuing in prayer as they did ,have no idea either.

Ain't life in Christ grand!

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