Ascension

Expect to be Surpised

We are still examining the Resurrection and its after effects on the follower of Jesus. This week using John 21 as the backdrop, we look at how many of the disciples appear to be lost without their teacher. We find several of them back in the region of Galilee with Peter and he announces he is going to go fishing - his old trade; they go with him. The fish all night but catch nothing. However as the sun rises, things take a turn. Deep, challenging, life-changing events take place as one of the fishermen turned disciple turned fisherman recognizes Jesus on the shore building a fire. Let's explore the lessons being offered here by the Holy Spirit. 

After the Resurrection

Over the past few weeks, we examined the last week of Jesus' life, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Sorrow, more sorrow, intense agony, and then uncontrollable, unspeakable joy! What can surpass the resurrection of Jesus? Well, we know something has to because He is not walking around in the flesh today and that something is the Ascension of Jesus to claim His throne at the right hand of God.

Jesus during His ministry referred to His leaving several times, however, his disciples never really understood. In spite of Jesus telling them that He came to fulfill the prophets, the disciples didn't get it. They didn't understand the He had to die and they didn't understand that He would rise on the third day until they saw it. Now, can you imagine the looks of Jesus' disciples as they witnessed "...and with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him." (Daniel 7:13 ESV)

This week we begin looking at just what the Ascension meant to the early church and to us, the present church. Sit, listen, be blessed.