we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord. After His birth, baptism, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection, Christ appeared to 500 of his disciples at various times, eating with them, opening scripture for them, and preparing them. But then a day comes when he has his final conversation, his final instructions, and is lifted up and out of their sight. On this day, we mark the moment when the disciples are left staring at the sky wondering what happens next. It is appropriate and necessary to mark this absence before we celebrate Pentecost and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the disciples.
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
-Ephesians 1: 20 – 23