Jesus goes to heaven

Light a Candle to begin your prayer:

Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

Read Acts Chapter 1 verses 6-12

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.  They 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.

 

Reflection on Bible Reading:

This is the story of Jesus’ ascension. Remember everything that happens to Jesus happens to us. Jesus is human and God. Jesus unites humans and God. So that means that we will ascend to heaven. Also, notice this cloud stuff. In the ancient world a cloud means something that is unknowable, it is a veil between earth and heaven. Jesus has passed through this veil, but, has not left us, from the veil come God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power of God that prompts us to recognize Jesus today on this side of the veil.

 

Pray this prayer aloud:

Lord Jesus

in your resurrection death is defeated

and everything is made new

Enable us to recognise you today

To build heaven on earth.

Amen

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