Words from the Heart for Thursday May 21st, 2020
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
Acts 1:9 (NKJV)
He Was Taken Up
Ascension Day marks the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. Some Christians in Canada attend Ascension Day church services where they can receive communion, engage in prayer and sing hymns of praise. Various churches, including the Roman Catholic, Anglican and the United Church of Canada, observe this event. Children who attend Sunday School may learn about the meaning of Ascension Day around this time of the year. Ascension Day is not a federal public holiday in Canada.
Today is Ascension Day, the day we Christians celebrate Jesus’ ascension into glory. We read about it in Acts 1:9: “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” Every time he leaves our house, one of my friends says, “I’d better get going. I can’t come back unless I leave.” This was certainly the point Jesus was making when His followers saw Him taken up into glory. They didn’t want Him to go, of course. They had lost Him once – those three long days when He was in the grave. But Jesus assured them this time was different. He would send them the Holy Spirit to dwell in them – and because the Holy Spirit would take up residence in all who had been redeemed by Jesus, He would be Christ in them. This is a profound mystery. The Creator of the Universe would fill the lives of the highest of His creation. The apostle Paul calls this the mystery of the ages. This is why Ascension Day is so important – only because Jesus left did the Holy Spirit come, and we can live in the expectation of Jesus’ return.
These have been words from the heart.