by Pastor James Fritsche
Our Lord’s earthly journey did not end at Calvary. When from the cross He said “it is finished”, He was referring to His work of accomplishing our salvation, not the end of His life. Nor did His journey end on Easter morning when He rose from the grave, proclaiming His victory over death. Jesus’ earthly journey continued for another 40 days as St. Luke reports in Acts 1:3. During that time Jesus made several appearances to His followers and continued to teach them about how the Scriptures testify of His work. (Lk. 24:44-49) He also gave them the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” by baptizing them and teaching them. (Mt. 28:1-20)
The earthly journey of our Lord ended on the day of His Ascension into heaven. Recorded in detail in Acts, chapter 1, we read that Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Olives where He bodily ascended into the clouds. Ascension Day (May 30) is a day to celebrate our Lord’s return to His heavenly home! This year we will observe Ascension Day with a service of Evening Prayer at 7:30 pm. Please join us in celebrating this glorious day.