Jesus had suffered for all and now the next step was to ascend to be with his father in heaven. He assured those who were there to witness that they would receive their power from the Holy Spirit and spread his message to the ends of the earth. When he was lifted up in the white cloud and disappeared, the people gazed heavenward.
Two men appeared and questioned the onlookers as to their reason for such behavior. The white-robed men said that Jesus, who had been taken up from them into heaven, will return the same way at some future time. Meanwhile, those left behind should continue with the job of being witnesses thought out their travels.
Those, who remain behind, need to continue with the job they were left to do by God. Each of them is gifted in some particular way and need to utilize those gifts throughout their journey in life. The jobs one tackles should make them feel good about the spirit of God, leaving them with the desire to serve more and more.
The message left by the men of Galilee was that all followers might be mystified by the ascension but are left with the job they have been called to follow. The job of a Christian is never done; retirement is never an avenue in God’s plan for humans. One must continue the job until God calls them home. There is need for everyone to do the work, not only in or through the church, but also every where one travels on the path of life.
Others are not going to ask for help. An active Christian must show their demeanor by faith. One is called to do all for others with the power from God. With the varied and different gifts one receives from God, all Christians possess the ability to do something as God’s Holy representative. One has the work of the ministry to proclaim the gospel to those who do not believe. Jesus might have gone home, but he left all with the priceless gift of grace to share.
On June 8, the congregation and all visitors are invited to attend Good Shepherd Lutheran at 9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School will be held after the service at 10:45 a.m.