New Blog Post: Reflections on the Ascension of our Lord: May 17/12

As a contemporary evangelical Christian, I didn’t grow up being very aware of the Church Calendar.  For us, there were basically two main Christian holidays: Christmas and Easter.  These are, of course, primary holidays for most followers of Christ, but did you know that there are many more Christian holidays that we are invited to celebrate?  For example, today (May 17) is Ascension Day, which is the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, and which marks the day on which Jesus ascended to heaven (see Acts 1:1-12).  So why is this important?  Well, as it is written in The Worship Sourcebook: “Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing firsthand the experience of suffering and temptation, prays for us and perfects our prayers.  The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds ‘on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God’ (Col. 3:1-2)” (655).  In addition, as the Apostles’ Creed declares, Ascension Day reminds us that Christ is truly Lord over all, as he is now “seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.”  So although Ascension Day may not seem like a big deal to the average (evangelical) Christian, it conveys some significant truths: that Christ is the sovereign King and that one day we too will experience resurrection.  So how will you serve your king today?  Also, how will you seek to live each day with the surprising hope of the resurrection?

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