Thoughts for the Month

Dear Friends,

On Thursday May 30th the Church celebrates the feast of the Ascension of our Lord, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. Through the grace of our worship, these truths of our faith, these interventions of God, become real and present for us. By God’s grace and indeed through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can expect to hope and see that the Lord is good.

All of us have been redeemed in body and soul and, just as the Lord ascended in body and soul, we too will rise on that last day. This is our eternal destination, our blessed hope. In the words of that well-known hymn:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,

O what a foretaste of glory divine;

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

The Ascension of the Lord sheds light on what Jesus has gained for us, by his death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. Jesus has conquered and vanquished death. He is the King who has removed the sting of death. This is the great hope of the Church.

God’s eternal mercy is revealed, because, though we are mortal and of the dust of the earth (Genesis 3:19), death is not the end. We will rise. Our bodies, which are born perishable, will rise imperishable. We are sown in dishonour but will rise in honour; we are sown in weakness but will rise in power. As scripture reminds us, our body is sown a natural body but will be raised as a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:44).

But why wait? Our bodies can radiate something of that divine light, life and the joy of Christ now. In fact, we are called to do so. Let us, in the midst of so much uncertainty in our world, radiate something of that light of Christ, praising him as we do so.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Saviour all the day long;

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Martin

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