May 22, 2015


THOUGHTS to get you THINKING about God, Jesus, Your Life & Eternity!


“Iron Man / Iron Woman” (suiting up for spiritual warfare)

Armor of God bible verses
Scripture Readings: Ephesians 6:10-18 and Isaiah 59:14-20

Key Bible Verse – Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand.”

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Are you suiting up everyday for spiritual warfare?  If not, you’re more vulnerable than Tony Stark in a fire fight without his iron man suit. Life is a battle, and you have an enemy, and YOU better be ready to face it, fight it everyday!

God’s instructions are clear, “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil!”

Ephesians 6:10-13

“Finally, my brothers and sisters, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore TAKE UP THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, having done all to stand.”

Twice!  God says put on the whole armour of God, take up the whole armour of God!  You may not know it, but everyday, you are wrestling, wrangling, and warring against powers and principalities and forces of evil that are way above your head (heavenly places).

Life is a battle, and you can’t escape it.

It’s a physical battle, a mental battle, an emotional battle, a spiritual battle, and you have a very powerful, devious enemy!  You better be ready.  Here’s how.  The whole armor of God is –> the daily application of God’s Word <– the Bible.  It’s all about learning to use THE HOLY BIBLE as your armor and weapon in the very real fight of life.  I hope you understand you are literally fighting for your life and the lives of those around you everyday.  Every piece of the whole armor of God is a different-but-connected application of God’s Word.

The Bible is your armor and sword!

Ephesians 6:14-17

“Stand therefore, having girded YOUR WAIST WITH TRUTH, having put on the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, having shod your feet with the preparation of the GOSPEL OF PEACE, above all, taking the SHIELD OF FAITH with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the HELMET OF SALVATION, and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is the word of God.”

Armor Shield and Sword

Belt of Truth

Psalm 119:160 “THE ENTIRETY YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.”  John 8:31-32 “Jesus said, If you abide in MY WORD, YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.”  Colossians 1:5 “Hope is laid up for you in heaven which you heard in THE WORD OF THE TRUTH of the gospel.”  1 Thessalonians 2:13 “For this reason we also thank God, because when you received the Word of God  you welcomed it not as the word of men, but AS TRUTH, THE WORD OF GOD, which effectively works in you who believe.”

Breastplate of Righteousness

Psalm 119:172 “My tongue shall speak of Your Word, for ALL YOUR COMMANDMENTS ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Isaiah 45:19,23 I have not spoken in secret in a dark place of the earth, I, the Lord, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right, I have sworn by Myself, THE WORD HAS GONE OUT OF MY MOUTH IN RIGHTEOUSNESS and shall not return.”  2 Corinthians 6:4,7 “In all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God, by the Word of truth by the power of God, by THE ARMOR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS on the right hand and on the left.”  Hebrews 5:13 “For everyone who partakes only of milk is UNSKILLED IN THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, for he is a babe.  But, solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

Psalm 119:165 “GREAT PEACE HAVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOUR LAW and nothing causes them to stumble.”  Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings GOOD NEWS, WHO PROCLAIMS PEACE, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says, ‘Your God reigns!'”  Isaiah 55:11-12 “So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth, it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  For you shall go out with joy, and BE LED OUT WITH PEACE.”  Act 10:36 The Word which God sent, PREACHING PEACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST – He is Lord of all.”  Romans 10:14-15 “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, who bring glad tidings of good things!'”

Shield of Faith

2 Samuel 22:3,31,36 “The God of my strength in whom I will trust (faith), my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my Savior, You save me from violence.  As for God, His way is perfect, THE WORD OF THE LORD IS PROVEN, He is a shield to all who trust (faith) in Him.  You have also given me THE SHIELD OF YOUR SALVATION, Your gentleness has made me great.”  Psalms 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and MY SHIELD, my heart trusted (faith) in Him, and I am helped, therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.”  Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure.  HE IS A SHIELD to those who put their trust (faith) in Him.”  Romans 10:8,17 “But what does it say?  The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, THE WORD OF FAITH which we preach, so then FAITH comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.”

Helmet of Salvation

1 Chronicles 16:23 “Proclaim the GOOD NEWS OF HIS SALVATION from day to day.”  Psalm 119:41,123  Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord — YOUR SALVATION — according to your word, my eyes fail from seeking YOUR SALVATION and Your righteous Word.”  Psalms 140:7 “O God the Lord, the strength of MY SALVATION, YOU HAVE COVERED MY HEAD in the day of battle.” Act 13:26 “Those among you who fear God TO YOU THE WORD OF THIS SALVATION has been sent.”  Ephesians 1:13 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the Word of truth, THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION, in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”  1 Thessalonians 5:8 “Let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and AS A HELMET, THE HOPE OF SALVATION.”

Sword of the Spirit

Deuteronomy 33:29 “Happy are you, who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and THE SWORD OF YOUR MAJESTY!  Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places.”  Psalms 149:4,6 “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people, He will beautify the humble with salvation, let the high praises of God be in their mouth and A TWO-EDGED SWORD IN THEIR HAND.”  Hebrews 4:12  “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

This may all sound very violent to you.

And it is.

Life is a battle.

In this life, You will win or You will lose.

You do have an very real enemy who on a daily basis is seeking to destroy you.

And, you better be ready to stand and withstand against his wiles.

Are you suiting up everyday?

Get in the Word of God.  Put on the Word of God.

Learn to use and apply God’s Word, the Bible, so you can face and fight the battle at hand!

Iron Man / Iron Woman.

Be ready to stand!

From salvation to every day application,

Put on the whole armor of God!

Ephesians 6:18

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance.”

armor of God bible verses

“40 Days past Easter” (the Ascension Day of Jesus)

Happy Ascension Day

The Ascension Day Bible verses.
Key Bible Verse – Acts 1:3 “Jesus presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” 

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It’s a miraculous moment, an event unequaled in human history, a course of events so impossible that no other religious leader (no other religion) dare claim to have come back to life after death and live on earth again – no one else, except Jesus.  It’s either preposterous or absolutely true.  Today we commemorate the Ascension Day of Jesus – 40 days past Easter.

Jesus promised and claimed to rise from the dead and live again on earth!

The Bible says that Jesus said that He would resurrect Himself from the grave, that He would physically raise Himself up from the dead.  John 2:19-22 Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’  Then the Jews said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking of the temple of His body.  Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.”  John 10:18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”  John 11:25-26 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?  Matthew 26:2,32  “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.  But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”

The Bible also says, Jesus not only came back to life, but that He came back and lived on earth for 40 days.   Imagine that.  40 days is quite a while, over a month!  Jesus lived, fished, cooked, ate, talked, walked, taught, and was seen, heard, touched, and worshiped by over 500 people during His 40 days of life on earth after He died.

You can understand why no other religion or religious leader makes such a claim.

It’s crazy to imagine, yet it is the basis of the Christian faith and the Bible’s teaching about who Jesus is and why He came. You see, all other religions, ALL other religions choke on one of these two, or both of these, realities:

  1. Jesus is God, the only one true God.
  2. Jesus, as God, raised Himself back to life (His resurrection from the dead).

There are 7 passages in the Bible that give us the details of these miraculous moments –> Jesus’ life on earth for 40 days after His death, and His ascension.  Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-31, John 21:1-25, Acts 1:1-11, 1 Corinthians 15:1-7.  I encourage you to spend some time studying these 7 passages and contemplating the ‘craziness’, the ‘impossibleness’, the ‘unrivaled uniqueness’ of what these Scriptures say about Jesus:

The Gospel of Matthew 28:1-20

“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.  But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for He is risen as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee. There you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.’  So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.  And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, ‘Rejoice!’  So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.’  Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened.  When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, ‘Tell them, His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.  And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.’  So they took the money and did as they were instructed, and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.  When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted.  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”

The Gospel of Mark 16:6-19

“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee. There you will see Him, as He said to you.’  So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.  Now when Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.  She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.  And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.  After that, Jesus appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.  And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.  Later Jesus appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table, and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.  And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’  So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.”

The Gospel of Luke 24:1-53

“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, the two angels said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’  And they remembered His words (see Matthew 26:2,32).  Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.  And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.  But Peter arose and ran to the tomb, and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves, and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.  Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.  So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.  But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.  And He said to them, What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’  Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’  And Jesus said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.  But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.  Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.  When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.  And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.’  Then Jesus said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.  Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.  But they constrained Him, saying, ‘Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.’  And Jesus went in to stay with them.  Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.  And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’  So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’  And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.  Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’  But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.  And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled?  And why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.’  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.  But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, ‘Have you any food here?’  So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.  And Jesus took it and ate in their presence.  Then He said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.  And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.  Then Jesus said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And you are witnesses of these things.  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’  And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.  And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.”

The Gospel of John 20:1-31

“Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.’  Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.  So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.  And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb, and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also, and he saw and believed.  For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.  Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.  But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  Then they said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.’  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’  She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, ‘Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.’  Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’  She turned and said to Him, ‘Rabboni!’ (which is to say, Teacher).  Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.  Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you!  As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’  Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ So he said to them, ‘Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.’  And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace to you!’  Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands, and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’  And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’  Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’  And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book, but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

The Gospel of John 21:1-25

“After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.  Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We are going with you also.’  They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.  But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore, yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  Then Jesus said to them, ‘Children, have you any food?’  They answered Him, ‘No.’  And He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’  So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.  Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’  Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.  But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish.  Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.  Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.’  Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three, and although there were so many, the net was not broken.  Jesus said to them, ‘Come and eat breakfast.’  Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are You?’—knowing that it was the Lord.  Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.  This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.  So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’  He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’  He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’  Jesus said to him again a second time, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?’  He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’  He said to him, ‘Tend My sheep.’  Jesus said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?’  Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’  And he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep.  Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.’  This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’  Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, ‘Lord, who is the one who betrays You?’  Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, ‘But Lord, what about this man?’  Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.’  Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?’  This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true.  And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.”

Acts 1:1-11 (also written by Luke)

‘The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.  And being assembled together with them, Jesus commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’  And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’  Now when Jesus had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men (angels) stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.'”

1 Corinthians 15:1-7  (written by the Apostle Paul)

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.  After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.  After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.”

Today, as we turn our attention to HIS ASCENSION, this is the gospel you have received.

Not only was Jesus 40 days of life on earth after His death, and His ascension, a proof of who He is and why He came, a proof that He is alive, that He is risen indeed, a proof that He is the resurrection and life, a proof that He who raised Himself up can raise us up from the dead too – He is our resurrection and life, if we believe.  Jesus’ ascension is also a promise of His return, a promise that He will come again in like manner, a promise and proof that He will raise us up into Heaven too, a promise and proof that we too will rise again, like Him, and ascend, like Him, into Heaven after our life on earth, if we believe.

The ascension should grab our attention!

It should leave you gazing too!  It’d be unbelievable, if it wasn’t true.  It is an event, a miraculous moment, that separates Jesus from any other ‘religious figure’ and Christianity from any other ‘religion’, and these passages in the Bible are the eyewitness  record of these events.  This is the gospel that you have received, and this is the gospel in which you stand, if you believe –> Jesus death, burial, resurrection, 40 days on earth after death, seen by 500+ people, believed by people around the globe from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, ever since His ascension.

And we, we too, are witnesses of these things.

We too, who are His witnesses to all of the world, are powered by His same Spirit, the Holy Spirit of Christ, who raised Him up from the dead, and 40 days later raised Him up into Heaven.  We remember today His ascension, and that we are powered by His Spirit.  And, it is with great expectation that we look for His return, and it is with great comfort and great hope that we know He is alive and will raise us up to new life. And, it is with great urgency that we love, serve, evangelize, and disciple those around us to believe and receive His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return –> this gospel in which we stand!

For after all, as He ascended, He will return!

the ascension day bible verses