This past Thurday, 21 May, marked 40 days since we commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Today, we remember the bodily ascension of Jesus into Heaven, and consider its interconnection with the resurrection. We’ve spent these past weeks considering the implications of the Christ Event — the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, and their meaning in the context of God’s plan to redeem sinful humans. We’ll maintain that focus this week.
We journey with the apostle Paul to Rome today, learning about how the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ revealed more about the nature of God and how He designed these events to advance His plan of redemption for humankind.
First Song: Forever Jesus
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Second Song: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Message: Resurrection & Ascension Advancing Redemption
The hymn Pastor Ralph references at the end of the video is “Up From the Grave He Arose/Low in the Grave He Lay.” You can read the full lyrics and hear the music here.
Third Song: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
One more thought for the day…
To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here…These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance…These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.Jonathan Edwards