Sunday, May 12, 2013

Acts 1:1-11, Hebrews 9:24-28, 10:19-23, Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9, Luke 24:46-53

 Acts 1:1-11, Hebrews 9:24-28, 10:19-23, Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9, Luke 24:46-53

Acts 1:1-11

At first my Beloved, You taught and instructed Your Apostles Yourself and  when You ascended into heaven You continued to do so through Your Holy Spirit in a way that was different from Your physical presence with them.  Now, Your Spirit lived in them in this way You were in a position to be with them all the time reminding them of all You had said and done. Your Holy Spirit opened their minds and gave them the gifts of wisdom, understanding and knowledge together with the gifts of teaching and preaching.  To add power to their teaching they were also given the gift of Miracles.  They performed wonders and signs just as You had promised they would after You returned to Your Father.

Persecution drove them out of Jerusalem and they took the Good News with them.  They saw You ascending into heaven and they also saw and heard the angels who assured them that You will return again in the same way in which they had seen You go. 

Thank You my Beloved for faith, hope and love.

Hebrews 9:24-28, 10:19-23

You are the new and eternal High Priest who made of Himself the perfect Victim and the perfect sacrifice pleasing to God in atonement for the sins of all men in all times and ages.  You ascended into heaven and are seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty and there You make intercession for us night and day.

Now we can boldly enter the Presence of God, bathed in the Blood of the Lamb, for You are now the Gate through which we, whom You have redeemed and sanctified, may approach the Throne of Grace and Mercy.  

True repentance for sins and a contrite heart will always make it possible for us to obtain the merits that You have won for us by Your passion  death and resurrection. You are a faithful God and we can confidently place all our faith, hope and trust in You.

Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9

My Beloved, You are with the Father in heaven and it has pleased Him to give You dominion, power and majesty over all.  You have ascended into heaven to take Your place as the King of Kings and the the Lord of Lords.  The angels praise You, the Saints worship You and we love You and offer You our hearts full of thanksgiving for all You have done for us.  One day You will return at a time known to God alone to judge the living and the dead and to take Your place as the Sovereign King, claiming for Yourself the world and all its people redeemed by You through the Cross.

Luke 24:46-53

You opened their minds to understand Scripture once again as You had done so many times before.  Understanding Scripture is key to knowing who You are, how God chose and prepared a nation and its people to receive You His only begotten Son born of a Virgin, lived, taught, preached, worked many marvelous signs and wonders, suffered a cruel passion culminating in the most horrific death by  crucifixion,  raised from the dead and ascended into heaven.  

He chose twelve ordinary, unlearned, rough men to carry on His mission to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His Name from Jerusalem to the far ends of the earth. The ripple effect which began in an insignificant little village called Nazareth encompasses the earth.  We now wait in joyful hope for Your return as we take up the mission to be Your witnesses until You come again in glory to reign as the Prince of Peace over all the earth.

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