Happy Ascension Day!
Say what?! Yes, Happy Ascension Day! Has anyone ever said to you? It’s a conversation starter, for sure.
Today is Ascension Day, a Christian holiday commemorating Jesus’ ascension into heaven. It is traditionally celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, which falls on a Thursday, but many churches, including ours, celebrate it on the following Sunday, hence the name Ascension Sunday.
According to the New Testament, after Jesus was resurrected, he spent 40 days on earth with his disciples, appearing to them and teaching them before ascending into heaven. This event is recorded in the books of Acts and Luke in the Bible.
The ascension of Jesus is significant because it marks the end of his earthly ministry and the beginning of his heavenly reign. It also fulfills the prophecy that he would ascend to heaven and sit at the right hand of God.
In the church, Ascension Sunday is a time to celebrate the victory of Jesus over sin and death and to reflect on the hope that his ascension brings. It is a reminder of the promise that he will return again and that his followers will one day join him in glory.
Today, and this week, I challenge you to tell someone Happy Ascension Day and start a conversation about what this day means in the church’s life.
See you Sunday!