May 18

Acts 1:6-14

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” vs. 8

Many people have given up trying to understand the ascension of Jesus in a literal way. It doesn’t make any sense to their logical scientific minds. But for Luke it has enormous significance as a transition point between the ministry of Jesus and the mission of the Christ. It was a way for him to describe in concrete and physical terms the transformation of power that had taken place in the world. After the resurrection, “something” had happened. The Risen Jesus was loose in the universe. The earth could no longer contain him! From now on the power of God was not confined but would be distributed among the disciples and used to bring the good news of life, love, and forgiveness to the ends of the earth. Rather than get hung up with Luke’s image, how much better it is to use this Ascension week to celebrate this incredible, impossible mission that has now passed to us. Even though the gospel has been heard in every part of the world, there’s much to be done. Our work is plain! We are to continue as witnesses with every breath, word, and deed…all the while knowing that the power of the Holy Spirit is in us and with us. We cannot fail!

Thought for the Day: How’s my witnessing going?

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