Friday Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:1-11, Shine On page 278
- Tell the story: This is the story we call the “ascension.” Jesus called his disciples together. He told them he would always be with them, and that it was their job to continue his work and to share his good news with all the people of the world. We often call this the “Great Commission.” He told them that the Holy Spirit would come upon them and they would receive power. And then Jesus ascended into heaven.
- Reflection: What a moment. Imagine it. We can’t know exactly what Jesus ascending into heaven would have looked like, so use your imagination! Jesus placed a big responsibility on his disciples, and that call to be witnesses continues through the whole rest of the story.
- Because we can’t resist, here’s a bit of background information. Read Acts 1:6. The disciples are naming a traditional Jewish expectation, that the Messiah would restore Israel’s freedom. Jesus corrects them in his response, telling them that freedom would come in the presence of the Spirit rather than in political change, and that the work must continue with them.