A Word from Pastor Randy - May 13, 2021
May 13th, 2021
Today is a very special day in the Christian tradition, although 21st century Protestants in the US tend to ignore it. It is Ascension Day, the day we remember that Jesus ascended into heaven. As our denominational website notes, the story of Jesus’ ascension does confront us with several problems. And yet, theologically it is an important part of our theological tradition.
That Jesus ascended into heaven means not only that Jesus “sitteth at the right hand of God” as we say in the Apostles’ Creed, but it also means that Jesus is exalted and that truly he is Lord of all. With Jesus having ascended into heaven we can proclaim with confidence that his love and his presence are not bound by time or space. Today, no matter where we are Jesus’ love and presence are available to us.
Shortly after Jesus ascended the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and empowered them. That same Spirit moves among us today, offering to empower us to continue the ministry that Jesus started on earth. In a sense then, his ascension was a passing of the torch of his mission on to his disciple and thus, on to us. With Jesus in heaven, we are invited, encouraged, and given the calling to love our neighbor and to share the Good News of the Gospel in our communities.
Happy Ascension Day!