Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

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The Ascension of Our Lord

[Meant to record it, but didn’t]

“Gone Away to Be Present”

Acts 1:1-11

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

We confess the words every Sunday, passing quickly over the immensity of their meaning.  And yet, we have very little in the Scriptures and very little in the Lutheran Confessions on this article of the Faith, the Ascension of our Lord into heaven, to sit at the right hand of the Father until He returns to judge the living and the dead.  We do not explain it, we simply confess it.  We confess that the Ascension is of a single piece with Jesus’ suffering, dying, and rising.  We cannot say that Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, that He died and was buried, that He rose again on the third day, without also saying that He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, and that He will come again in judgment.  When we talk about the crucified and risen Lord, we should also be reminded that He is the ascended and ruling Lord of the Church.  He sits, even now, at the right hand of God—which does not mean that Jesus is on the physical, directional right of the Father, but that He has, in the same flesh that was crucified and raised, all the power and glory of God.  Daniel prophesied of Jesus’ ascension hundreds of years earlier: “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14, ESV).  The one “like a son of man,” is fully God and yet we serve and worship Him in His human Body, with His human soul; the eternal Son of God is forever the time-born son of Mary. Continue reading


The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter

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The Funeral of Caroline Radi

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter

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