Reading: Luke 24: 44-53 (Click to read text)
Today is Ascension Day. It is an important day in the church year. It celebrates Jesus' finished work for our salvation. It also reminds us of our unfinished task as witnesses: to spread the Word of Jesus Christ.
Ascension Day may not be observed like in former days. The Amish and Mennonite sects of Christianity still see it as a holy day, taking off work. When I was a kid, my church always held a helium balloon launch on Ascension Sunday. It was to remind us of how Christ ascended into heaven. One year, my balloon flew all the way from Lewistown, PA, to the York area, where someone found it and returned the post card that was attached to the balloon.
I've noticed in several churches I've recently visited that they have pictures of Christ's Ascension at the front of their sanctuary. My home congregation is no different. I think that those paintings are to remind us of the importance of Christ finishing the work that He set out to do. The Ascension reminds us of that.
And, as I mentioned early, the Ascension should remind us that we have work to do. We need to spread God's love through Jesus Christ to others. On this Ascension Day, it my prayer that you recommit yourself to doing just that. And maybe take a little time to day to reflect on what Christ has done for you. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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