16 May 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

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16 May 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“The Prayer of Jesus for the Faithful”

7th Sunday in Eastertide
Ascension of the Lord Sunday

Psalm 1:1-6
John 17:6-19

Today we celebrate and commemorate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to heaven. After His resurrection from the dead, and the many occasions He made Himself known that He is truly alive, now comes His physical departure from His disciples yet with a promise and a purpose.

Jesus’ ascension into heaven is something that probably doesn’t get enough attention. With Christmas and Easter, we make a pretty big deal over His birth and His death and resurrection, but what about the ascension? We might think the ascension is not at all that important. But if we overlook this event we will miss out on learning some valuable lessons. For without the ascension, the work of Jesus would be incomplete.

As Jesus was ascending to heaven, the disciples were eager to know things that Jesus didn’t want them to be thinking about. Their focus was not where it needed to be. They are now looking for signs for Jesus’ return. Not that it’s wrong but if that begins to consume our time then we are missing out. We are missing out on the rest of the Bible that is meant for our instruction regarding the here and now our commitment. And if we focus too heavily on end-times scripture, we could miss out on our ministry to others. If we are too obsessed on looking up in anticipation of Christ’s return, then we won’t be looking out into the field of opportunity to witness and to serve.