Jesus Ascended…be patient!

I’m excited to say that this past Sunday’s sermon is now uploaded! Things tend to take a bit longer when I’m trying to upload video from home. Now that the school year is over, I edit and upload without the luxury of school district WiFi which is considerably faster than my residential version. All that to say…thank you for being patient! CLICK HERE for the video. A short summary follows.

Incidentally, patience was the focus on this past Sunday’s message. Jesus knows that he is going away and the disciples want to know, “Are we there yet?!” Jesus’ answer to their impatience is two-fold. First he tells them that the time the Father has set for the restoration of Israel is the Father’s business and not for them to know or worry about. In other words, we don’t need to know everything the Father knows, that would make us a know-it-all (also the temptation that drew our First Parents into sin), but instead we must strive to be “trust-at-all-times” kind of people. We should let God be God and TRUST that God’s plan is indeed unfolding in our lives and that the whole of creation is journeying toward a deeper knowledge of Him as the Kingdom grows like a mustard seed!

Secondly, Jesus tells his disciples that since they’re not driving the car, they should sit back, enjoy the ride, and not worry about when they’re going to get there. Wisely, Jesus knows our impatience and gives us something to do in anticipation of His return. He tells His disciples that he’s going to send the Holy Spirit and with the power of that Spirit they will tell everyone about Him! That’s our job. That’s it: Receive the Spirit and Spread the Good News!

According to Ephesians 1:15, we will be filled with wisdom and understanding, our hearts will be flooded with light, we must strive to understand God’s power, and then tell people everywhere about the forgiveness of sins and salvation through Christ Jesus, the Lord and Savior. Simple right? We don’t have to know everything, we have to be faithful, trustworthy, courageous, and willing to share what Jesus has done for us, and what He can do for others.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steve

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