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From the Ascension sermon cutting room floor

This is the way we read this: “Jesus suffered, was buried and was raised and ascended and so shall we, too one day.” I’m not taking anything away from what Christ has done for us, but the purpose of faith in Jesus is not just going to heaven when we die, or worse yet, avoiding hell, but rather something that has already become real in the ascension of Jesus. Saying the creeds week after week, at least, if not daily, should give us the tip off because it’s there. “The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.” It’s here in the Acts reading too. “And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Folks, Jesus is actively ruling from the throne in heaven. But how often to we live our lives not as loyal subjects of a ruling king but rather like a football team up by three touchdowns and just running down the clock? It even creeps into our hymnody. “I’m but a Stranger Here, Heaven is my Home.” No, you’re not and no it’s not. You were created by God to live here on earth an earth Jesus came to dwell in to redeem. On the Last Day, there will be a new heaven and new earth, the Lord tells us, and we will dwell there in the new earth in the New Jerusalem come down out of heaven onto the earth. Revelation 21. The creation will be restored, its redemption complete and we will dwell with God as Adam and Eve did in the garden. Jesus is ascended. He rules even now, although he rules through power that remains hidden for now.

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