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We in the Christian church usually reserve talking about the ascension of Jesus to one day a year on a day aptly called Ascension Day. However, by studying the Apostle’s Creed we get to examine the ascension a bit further. As you read the passages below this week, be reminded we serve an ascended Lord, one who intercedes for us to the Father and a Lord who is King of kings and Lord of Lords.

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            “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”

 John 16:7 NIV








Acts 1:1-11

Romans 8:34

Ephesians 1:19-23

Colossians 1:15-23

John 16:7

Luke 24:50-53

Matthew 25:31-46


Questions to think about as you read:

  1. Re read this passage that was read on Sunday. Does anything new stand out to you in these verses? Imagine you were there with the disciples to witness Jesus ascending. What might have you felt like?
  2. Jesus intercedes for us. Has there been an example in your life in which you were interceded for or interceded for someone? Knowing Jesus intercedes for you- how does that make you feel?
  3. This passage shows the authority of Jesus. Some in our culture today scoff at this claim. We are told to believe we rule our lives and no one can tell us what to do. This passage however, clearly contradicts that narrative. In your life do you find yourself believing the cultural narrative?
  4. This passage echoes the words from yesterday’s passage in Ephesians, once again describing the supremacy of Jesus. Pray today that this truth may be made clear in your life.
  5. Have you ever thought about what this passage says? Jesus says if he did not go the Advocate (Holy Spirit) would not come. Pastor Jim put it well by saying Jesus’ ministry on earth was in Palestine, but with the coming of the Holy Spirit the word of God spread across the world. Jesus ascended, the Spirit descended and the Word of God extended. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving today God’s sending of the Holy Spirit and what he does in the world.
  6. The disciples praised God. We are called to do the same. We can’t merely stand around, we are to be active, sharing the good news of our ascended Lord. It’s sad Christians are usually known for what we are against. We should be people who are sharing what we are for! Name one issue or topic in which Christians paint themselves against- how can you change your attitude on that issue to show who you are for?
  7. Read this passage as you prepare your heart for worship this morning.