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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bulletin Insert for Ascension Day

Why is Jesus' Ascension into Heaven and Session at the Right Hand of the Father Important for My Salvation?

  • Jesus reigns! He reigns over His three-fold Kingdom for our benefit: 1) He rules over all things, the whole universe, even the devil, in His Kingdom of Power. 2.) He rules over the Church on earth in His Kingdom of Grace by His Word. 3.) He rules over the Church Triumphant in heaven in His Kingdom of Glory.
  • He is exalted in His human flesh to the right hand of the Father. He now always and fully makes use of His divine power (the state of exaltation).
  • He goes to prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3). He takes the human nature He shares with us into heaven. Where He has gone, we will go.
  • As true God and true man, He serves as our Mediator with God. He is our Advocate. He prays for us. The Father hears Him. The Father hears us for His sake.
  • He sends His Spirit to call us by the Gospel, enlighten us with His gifts, gather us into the Church, sanctify us, and keep us in the one true faith.
  • He has not left us! He is with us always, to the very end of the age (Matt. 28:20)! Though He is hidden from our sight since His ascension into heaven, He comes to us and dwells with us in His Word and Sacraments, the gifts by which He sustains His holy Church.
  • He will come again, visibly, to judge the living and the dead. In the meantime, He has commanded His Church to make disciples of all nations by baptizing and teaching. The time between His ascension and His return is a time of grace for unbelievers to repent and come to faith in Jesus Christ.

The above is a bulletin insert I'm using at Epiphany this year. I wasn't able to reproduce the format here. I'm convinced the Ascension of our Lord is neglected in many congregations, including my own in the past, because many of our people don't understand why it is important for them, for their salvation. This may not be an exhaustive list, but hopefully it is a step in the right direction toward leading our members to appreciate what our Lord's ascension means for them.

2 Comments:

Blogger Travis said...

Jon,

With your permission, I think I'll use this in our Sunday bulletin since the Ascension bulletin is already done. I'll fix the typo in the first sentence though. :)

-Travis

5:17 PM  
Blogger Pastor Krenz said...

Travis,

By all means, use it if it's helpful. Feel free to format it however, add if there is any deficiency and subtract if there is any error (and please send me such corrections). And by the way, I, too, have now corrected the typo. Thanks! The Lord be with you and your congregation.
Jon

6:11 PM  

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