WEEK 4, DAY 3: He Ascended Into Heaven…
Acts 1:8-9 reads, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
There is a tremendous amount of Christian literature on the topic of Jesus, His birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection. For these topics to be part of the Apostles’ Creed makes sense, as Christ is literally the bedrock of the Christian faith.
However, what happens after Jesus’ resurrection? There aren’t nearly as many books or messages that focus on Jesus’ ascension into heaven. But this event still found a way into the Apostles’ Creed.
His ascension is important because:
- Jesus provides responsibilities to His followers.
- It confirms Jesus’ authority to give these responsibilities to His followers.
- It provides hope for all Christians, as we can regularly be thinking about what’s to come.
READING & JOURNALING:
MARK 16:19-20, LUKE 24:51-53, ACTS 1:8-9, MATTHEW 22:36-40 & 28:19-20
Break it down as simply as possible: What would you say are the main responsibilities Jesus gave his disciples?
On a scale of 1-10, at what level would you say you live and make decisions in order to fulfill these responsibilities?
Heavenly Father, I confess that there are times when I read the Scriptures and recognize that You gave Your disciples some important responsibilities, yet I don’t always see them as my responsibilities to fulfill. Today, I’m grateful for the reminder that You entrust me at the same level You entrusted them. Help me to fulfill these commands well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Proverbs 16, 17, & 18
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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