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Ascension of the Lord

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Ascension of the Lord is a theological truth telling about the coming back of Jesus, as the Son of God, to heaven, it means to the place where He really came from. The Acts of Apostles describe it in a very short way. According to it, the event of the Ascension of Jesus appears in a form of a way to say good bye to them. He quickly gives them instructions on what to do when He will be away. They need to be responsible for proclaiming to the world the Gospel, about the Christ as the Messiah who on the cross gained for all humankind a new life in God. And they have to wait in Jerusalem for a sign from heaven in the form of sending (to be baptized in) the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who instructed them what to do giving them the power from above. This way they will become the effective witnesses of the resurrection of their Master spreading this news “in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. Mark the Evangelist’s states the task the apostles received on the day of the ascension, of his Master formulated in the form of command to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Thanks to it “whoever believes and is baptized will be saved”. Whoever does not believe deprives himself of his chance of salvation in Jesus. The following signs will accompany to those who believed: In the name of Jesus “they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover”. The apostles did their task very well because of their work and martyrdom the Gospel about Jesus has reached us testifying about the power of the Holy Spirit whom they were waiting for after the Ascension of Jesus.