May 24, 2020 ~ Ascension of the Lord

Readings for Sunday, May 24, 2020


Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 47

Ephesians 1:15-23

John 17:1-11


Ascension of the Lord:

Forty days after the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday), we remember and celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ into heaven. The accounts of Christ’s ascension are found in Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11, and Mark 16:19-20. On this day, the church gives thanks for Christ’s sovereign rule over all the earth, as well as his priestly intercession for us at the throne of mercy (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Ascension celebrates that Christ is Lord of the world and head of the church and reigns supreme. With the raising of Christ to a position above all worldly powers, the earthly ministry of Christ begun at the incarnation (which we celebrate at Christmas) now concludes. The path of faithfulness obediently followed by Christ traveled through the suffering of the cross to the exaltation of the glory. From glory to suffering to glory again is the shape of Jesus’ ministry as well as ours. We too, are destined for the glory we share now in Christ only by faith.

We proclaim Christ’s reign every time we affirm our faith by saying the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



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