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Ascension Day: Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Nicene Creed. [Sunrise May 9 2013]
Day 39 He ascended into heaven
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11 (NIV)
Today is Thursday, Ascension Day, commemorating the day Christ rose into heaven. It is 40 days after Resurrection Sunday, and 10 days before Pentecost Sunday. Very few churches observe the Ascension, a fact lamented as “a great pity” by Robert Webber in Ancient-Future Time (p. 158)
“Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations” Matthew 28:19 [Sunrise May 8 2013"]
Day 38 All Authority
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
All authority (all power of rule) has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (AMP)
Jesus is giving his followers a Great Commission that requires supernatural power, the kind that only comes from God. He assures them (and us!) that He has the the power and authority to not only command the assignment, but to empower them to accomplish it.
He is All Authority. Not only is He trustworthy, He is all powerful and able.
Another rainy day and Monday. “Bless The Lord oh my soul!” Ps103 [Cloudy Sunrise May 6 2013]
Day 36 Tribe of The Like-Minded
They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer …. there were about 120 of them in the room at the time Acts 1:14-17 (MSG)
I had the honor recently of attending a gathering of worship dudes and dudettes from around the country. I’ve been to many worship-leader events, but I was awakened to the unique reason why this gathering felt like such a good fit.
It was a tribe of the like minded. A place where I felt like I belonged.
At the heart of any purposeful assembly of people are the elements of chemistry and cohesion.
When there is like-mindedness, everything just works.
The Father is searching for those who worship him in Spirit and Truth. John 4:23
Day 35 The Seven Sundays of Easter
“The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one” John 17: 22
Today is Sunday May 5th, the 6th Sunday of the Easter season.
In his book Ancient-Future Time Robert Webber states the “ essential theme of Easter cannot be communicated in a day. It takes a season.” In his chapter on Easter, he describes the practices of the ancient church to commemorate the season with the following emphasis.
Well the Inspire Worship Conference was inspiring. There were great teaching and workshops. I was honored to lead two seminars and my wife Ivalene taught a Children’s Worship Workshop. We had a blast meeting great folks from all over.
Here’s a little video we made for the resource page …
As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.” … Acts 1:4-5 (MSG)
The truth is, as I write this, right now I could really use some R&R (rest and relaxation).
There is a biblical rhythm to work and rest – six days on, one day off.
After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. As they met and ate meals together, he told them … Acts 1:2 (MSG)
The ascension will be here on Day 40, and Jesus will literally leave the scene.
Jesus was intentional about passing his mission on to his disciples, who were in turn to pass it on to others, and so on.
Nothing lasts forever in the natural world. The Jesus story affirms this. Even as the resurrected Lord, He knew He would be physically present for just 40 days.
Time is limited for all of us. If you’re a leader (take a hint: worship leaders and pastors!) begin with the end in mind.
Janelle blogs at mymenandme, where she writes about family, faith, raising boys, and the pursuit of the simple life. She loves her little farm, where she lives with her men and an assortment of goats, chickens, llamas, donkeys, cats, and dogs.
Light of the world you stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes, made me see. Here I am to worship! [Sunrise May 1 2013]
Happy May Day! I’m so blessed by all God is revealing in this devotional series, hope you are too!
Day 31 Just as He Told You
6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. 7 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” Mark 16:6-7 (NLT)
During this 40 day period when Jesus was sharing life with his friends and followers, they had to be processing all they learned from him before he died.
This was the paradigm shift of paradigm shifts. Now all of his words, all of his teaching had a new perspective – one of absolute authority.
Jesus was not only absolutely right, he was absolutely trustworthy. His word was better than money in the bank.