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Senior Minister Ricky A. Woods
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This Sunday marks what the church refers to as Ascension Sunday. It is the day Jesus returned to heaven and took his seat on the throne by the side of God.
For 40 days since the resurrection, Jesus had been spending time with the disciples, popping up in unexpected moments and in unusual ways. His time with them had made clear that the power of death had been defeated. His time with them reinforced his love for them. His time with them made clear there was work he was leaving to their hands that must be done.
Now the time had come for his departure.
Jesus left the disciples on a cloud while they were watching. It was difficult for them to let go knowing it would be some time before they would see him again. They still had so many questions. Questions about how long they would have to wait to see Israel restored to its former glory and all oppressors driven out. Questions about how long they would have to wait before the promise of power would come and how would they know when they had it.
But their questions would receive no answers. They would have to trust that in time that Jesus would fulfill his promises and answer all questions.
While they were watching as Jesus ascended into heaven, they were reminded that the time of waiting required work to be done. There was no more time for gazing, thinking about the past. This was the time to focus on the present and the future. The present would be a moment for returning to the promised place of power and the future would be a time to bear witness for Christ.
An angel told the disciples that Jesus would return the same way he departed. He was coming back but, in the meantime, there was work to be done. So they needed to get busy.
The challenge for the church in every generation is to not waste time waiting for Jesus to return. It is the church’s role to bear witness for Christ in the present moment.
There are countless ways we can bear witness from worship to service. Every believer is to use the gifts and opportunities that God provides them with as a means of bearing witness to their faith in Jesus Christ.
So, let us not waste time focused on the wrong things when there is ample opportunity to focus on those things that allow our lights to shine for Christ. Let your light shine so persons may give glory to God the father.