16 May 2021

Dear church family

On 13 May 2021 in our Anglican church calendar, we commemorated Ascension Day. The Ascension of Jesus occurred 40 days after the Resurrection (see Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53). It was highly significant because it began a deep transformation in the lives of the disciples for the advancement of the gospel.

How did the Ascension of Jesus impact the disciples and the people of God spiritually?

  1. It encouraged the people to worship God joyfully (Luke 24:50-53) because their faith was strengthened and their hope was secure.
  2. It changed their mindset about the kingdom of Israel to a new focus of being a people belonging to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3, 6).
  3. It gave them a missional purpose to live as faithful and courageous witnesses for Jesus Christ  (Acts 1:8b; Luke 24:45-48).
  4. It anchored their hope in the Return of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:10-11; John 14:1-3). The victorious King is coming back again to bring us home.

As the people of God, let us make a significant impact for Jesus Christ as His faithful witnesses in the world today. We have the Good News to share to those “without hope and without God in the world” (Eph 2:12).

Maranatha  “Even so, come Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20)

Pastor John

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