Dear friends in Christ,
Tomorrow we celebrate Ascension Day. Rather than getting hung up on the logistics of how Jesus returned to his Father in heaven, I hope we can focus on the truth that this day celebrates. In returning to heaven, Jesus has blessed his followers to carry on his ministry of reconciliation. He has also promised to intercede for us to his Father in heaven. We have an advocate!
I am especially heartened by Jesus’ promise that he will never abandon us. The NRSV translation we usually read in Episcopal churches says that Jesus will not leave us orphaned. Personally, I prefer the language of the Authorized Version (King James): “I will not leave you comfortless.”
Jesus says we’re never alone. He promised he would send the gift of the Holy Spirit, and he delivered on that promise on the Day of Pentecost. He has promised to abide with us always. You can read that promise in the very last verse of Matthew 28.
Isn’t that good news? We are not left on our own to face the challenges in our lives. Jesus hasn’t promised to make things easy for us—quite the opposite!—but he does tell us he’s with us in our triumphs and in our struggles.
That’s a beautiful truth to celebrate, and that’s part of what we celebrate tomorrow. Whatever else might happen in this earthly life, know that Jesus is for you. Always.
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