May 14, 2015 in Church News
Today is Ascension Day. It was on this day that our Lord ascended to heaven and took up his rightful place, seated at the right hand of God the Father. Before he ascended to heaven, he told his disciples, “You will be my witnesses.” Jesus would no longer be walking on this earth and preaching and proclaiming God’s Word as he had the past three years with his disciples. It would now be their task to get the Word out. They would serve as witnesses to the fact that Jesus died, rose and ascended to heaven just as the Scriptures said he would. They would preach repentance and forgiveness of sins through Christ to all the ends of the earth.
As disciples of the same ascended Lord, we are also have that role. We are God’s witnesses to this world. Being a witness can be a daunting proposition. Speaking of what we have seen in the Scriptures and know to be true is not always well received. There are those who do not want to hear what we might have to say. The truth is not always popular. As witnesses, however, we have no other option but to speak that truth.
Thankfully, Jesus spoke another word of promise to his disciples before he ascended. He said to them: “Surely, I am with you always to the very end of the age.” As we carry out the mission of being Christ’s witnesses, we know that we also have his presence and his protection. Whenever we speak the Word of God, Christ is there with us by our side. We can speak boldly and confidently knowing that those who might oppose us are certainly not greater than the One who is with us. In his promises, we find our peace and also our courage to spread his gospel until the day when he will no longer need witnesses as every eye will see him return just as he ascended.