Lectionary Reflections for June 1, 2014

Readings: Acts 1:6-14, Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35, 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11, John 17:1-11.

It didn’t end with Jesus’ death, or with his resurrection. His death paid for our sins, his resurrection offers us a new life. After the resurrection, Jesus remained on earth for another 40 days, interacting with his disciples, but one day he ascended into heaven, to be reunited with his father, so the holy trinity could be together once again, just like they were at the creation and foundation of the world. Before the act of creation, the holy trinity was together as one, and after Jesus finished what he was sent to the earth to do, the trinity was again unified.

When Jesus ascended up into heaven, he ascended to sit on the right hand of the father, reigning with him. He came to establish a new kingdom and he rules over that kingdom from heaven. Jesus prayed that those left on earth would have unity just like he has unity with the trinity. And yet, most of the time, Christians have division between one another rather than unity. Before he ascended, Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.

God has never left us alone. He walked and talked in the garden with Adam and Eve. He spoke through Moses and the prophets. He sent Jesus, God in the flesh to live with the humanity he had created. And when Jesus ascended into heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit. It’s comforting to know that we are not alone in this journey. He’s communicated in different ways throughout history, but he’s always given us a way to have a relationship with him. 
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