7th Sunday of Easter or The Ascension of the Lord
Acts 1:1-11;Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53
“He was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.” (Acts 1:9)
Today is a marvel of a feast day. Not only do we look back to Easter, when Jesus promised to be with us always. We also look ahead to Pentecost, when he will pour the love of God into our hearts through the power of his Holy Spirit.
But there’s more to the Ascension than this back-and-forth vision. Today we celebrate the day when Jesus took up his throne in heaven. Entrusted with all of creation, seated at the right hand of God, he is now surrounded by an unending cascade of heavenly worship. But what is he doing in heaven? Rather than just soaking in all the praise, he is constantly working for us—primarily by praying for us!
Don’t you find this amazing? You have someone speaking on your behalf—even singing your praises—to almighty God! Jesus is standing with you, his hand on your shoulder, like an advocate, praying not only for you but with you! He takes to himself all of your confusion, your pain, your needs, and transforms them. Miraculously, he even dissipates some of them!
You have the greatest pray-er in all creation on your side. What confidence that should give you! What hope and freedom from anxiety! You don’t have to go through your days feeling overwhelmed or underprepared. Jesus himself is standing with the Father, speaking boldly on your behalf. He is the God who is for you. So who, or what, can ever stand against you?
Sure, problems and pain may still come. But even in the midst of these, you can be confident that Jesus will obtain for you all the resources you need—even when you are dealing with sickness, poverty, imprisonment, or hunger. What’s more, he will even forgive you when you fall and help you to do better next time.
“Jesus, I praise you for your heavenly glory! I believe that you are my advocate before the throne of the Father. Help me experience your support and encouragement today.”
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53