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My name is Christian Farris, and I am coming live from
turtle30cshell home.This being Ascension Sunday May 20, 2012
I feel it is important when looking at Christian calendar to take
note of special day of importance of remembrance. Ascension
Sunday being just one of them. However this day is not the
same time every year but follows approximately forty days after
the celebration of the resurrection. The purpose for this day is
to remind us of the time when Christ went up to heaven. Let us
begin by reading
Acts 1:1-11 KJV
(1) The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that
Jesus began both to do and teach,
(2) Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he
through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the
apostles whom he had chosen:
(3) To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by
many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and
speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
(4) And, being assembled together with them, commanded
them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for
the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
(5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
(6) When they therefore were come together, they asked of
him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the
kingdom to Israel?
(7) And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times
or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
(8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth.
(9) And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld,
he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
(10) And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he
went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
(11) Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing
up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you
into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him
go into heaven.
Thank you Lord for scripture.
After forty days and Christ ascended into heaven the Holy
Spirit continue to give the disciples commandments
(instructions). However I want to stop there for a moment and
reflect on the ascension of Christ for today is Ascension
Sunday. Without the ascension would the Holy Spirit still been
working in the believers life. Holy Spirit is said to have spoken
to Peter about who Christ is, so the answer is yes. However
Christ would have to leave for the Holy Spirit to come and
indwell and instruct the believer. One might ask can not the
Holy Spirit instruct while Christ was on earth yes. But only one
of the Godhead bodily is need to instruct the believer. Jesus
being the second person of the Trinity, and the Holy Spirit
being the third. Though Christ is ever present in the since of
the Word of God and manifest by the Spirit in our hearts and
minds. Christ came not to set up earthly kingdom at this time,
power would not rule from Jerusalem until the appoint time of
the Father. It was not for the disciple to know when Christ
would rule from Jerusalem.
Knowing, this little about the kingdom, we also know that
Christ spoke for forty days after the resurrection. Then He
ascended. He taught about the kingdom of God teaching the
disciples what to teach us. The kingdom of God is not just
earthly kingdom but it is a spiritual kingdom. One that has no
end, because it begin with God and comes to us and continues
in us by His Spirit upon our belief in the Son of God and God.
Christ teaching and giving final instructions to His disciples
before He ascends into heaven.
Christ would have to leave for the Holy Spirit to empower the
disciples. Only one Jesus walking the earth, twelve disciples
expanding into many disciples carrying the Spirit of God. The
eleven disciples needing perhaps those final hours of
instructions as well as to see Christ ascend so that they could
carry the Gospel without doubt to all people. We must hold on
to the Gospel taught to us, carry with the empowerment of the
Holy Spirit with His instructions. God was telling the disciples,
I am not leaving I am returning by the Spirit of God to
reminded you of everything I taught you. What great gift is the
Holy Spirit to all believers to be able to go forth with boldness.
The angels told the disciples to go as Christ had instructed to
Jerusalem and to wait in the upper room. Yes they stay gazing
because they knew one day they to would join Christ into
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for allowing the disciples to
see Christ physically in His glorified body going up to heaven,
so that we to can have the hope they shared through the
gospels. In Jesus precious name, Amen.