Ascension Thursday May 13
Text: Matthew 28: 11- 20
Theme: Where Do We Stand?
Where do we stand? This is a good question to ponder on today as we commemorate Jesus’ return to heaven. Jesus did not leave the earth immediately after his resurrection. He stayed back for sometime in oder to strengthen his brothers. Everything happened so fast and the Apostles were still dazed and visibly confused over the whole situation. Jesus’ presence gives them the assurance that the resurrection is real. More so, from the various encounters they had with him they could see that Jesus wasn’t a spirit but a real man just like them. He could still eat and drink. Jesus strengthened their faith and cleared all their doubts.
Today, the question posed to us is where do we stand in all of this? What is our own conclusion? On whose side are we? From the text it can be seen that there are different sides to this story of resurrection. Some tell it from the angle of the chief priests and the soldiers while others are of the same opinion with the Apostles. I personally Stand firmly with the Apostles who believed ( because some still doubted in vs 17b). Declare your own stand, beloved. It is important we declare and reaffirm it again and again to keep our focus clear and steady; avoiding distractions.
It is a great shame that the Jews stumbled over the stone of redemption and rejected their messiah. They were privileged to have the Messiah from their own nation (among all the nations of the earth) yet they completely abhor him and gives bribes to discredit the resurrection facts. The world which lies under the power of the evil one also prefers the lie to the truth. So they sold truth and bought lies.
Nonetheless, to us who believe there is a blessing and a task to be done. We are commanded by Jesus to go into the world and make disciple of all nations baptizing them in the name of the father son and the holy spirit. This is the great commission and we are committed to it. Power and authority have also been vested in us to enable us achieve this task.
So, this is where we stand! On the feet of the Apostles. We have experienced the resurrection power in our own lives as believers individually and collectively a a church.. God has proved himself true and faithful over and over. Hence we have all the evidence we need that Jesus lives. We also shall receive incorruptible bodies just like him when the time comes. Therefore stand firm let nothing move you. Always give your selves fully to the work of the lord because you know that your labour in the lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58)