HAPPY ASCENSION DAY! 40 days ago we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. Today we celebrate his Ascension. 10 days from now we celebrate the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The story of Jesus’ Ascension is told in Luke 24:49, Mark 16:19 and Acts 1:2-9. Putting these accounts together, we find that after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and others. He spoke about the Kingdom of God and the coming of the Holy Spirit. After 40 days of appearances, Jesus was ascended.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth. And when 
he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

According to Augustine of Hippo, the Ascension originated with the Apostles and is one of the oldest celebrations of Jesus, possibly going as far back as AD 68. Whether or not we actually celebrate Ascension Day, it does reminds us that JESUS is now present at all times and in all places! It is a reminder that that we are part of the Kingdom of God and of the ever-present Holy Spirit living within us and through us. 1 Peter 1:3 reminds us of our hope.

Colossians 1:15-20 is a beautiful and indescribable picture of the power, presence and mystery of the Ascended Christ. Jesus Christ is with you at all times and in all places. May
you know Christ this day!

Paul Johansson

P.S. I look forward to worshipping with many of you this Memorial Weekend. We will begin each worship with a time of remembrance for those who have gone before us.

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Central Lutheran Church
1103 School Street

Elk River, MN 55330

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