This Sunday is Ascension Sunday, the day the world wide church sets aside to remember this one event:
On one occasion, while he was eating with them… 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:4-11
Jesus’ return to the Father means:
The Spirit has been poured out on Jesus’ people to give them power and presence
The Father has eternally committed Himself to the world and will not abandon us
We, Jesus’ new community, have a job to do. We must be the “hands and feet” of Jesus in every community and for every generation.
This is our time to live as Jesus lived and to love as Jesus loved.