Jesus’ Ascension is one of the most perplexing events of his life, especially as we view the world in three dimensions. Perhaps instead of attempting to explain it or rationalize it in some way, it can be best viewed through the lenses of mystery. Maybe instead of trying to figure it out, we are called to live into it, like those first disciples who gathered together in an upper room in Jerusalem and “constantly devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:14). Our message, The Gravity of the Situation, will come from Acts 1:6-14.
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Acts 1:6-14 (NRSV)
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.