Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal Abstracts
Theme: Ascension of Jesus Christ
Volume 6 No. 347 May 3, 2016

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Cheyenne Mountains, CO viewd from Garden of Gods, Colorado Springs. Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew

Ascension of Our Lord

And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." - Acts 1:9-11

Photo: View of Cheyenne Mountains and Rockies from Garden of Gods, Colorado Springs, CO.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Ascension Day in Church

1. Bible Readings for Ascension Day (May 5)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/Lec_ascension-Thursday.htm

2. Sermons for Ascension Day (May 5)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_Ascension.htm

3. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Ascension of Jesus Christ

Volume 5 No 285: May 13, 2015
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_285.htm

Volume 4 No 221: May 29, 2014
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_221.htm

Volume 3 No 141: May 8 2013
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_141.htm

Volume 2 No 76: May 15 2012
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_76.htm

Volume 1 No 7: June 1, 2011
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_7.htm

II. Lectionary Reflections

4. Ascended and Still Present

Where is Jesus, and what is he doing? That's a good question to ask on this Ascension Day. Where did Jesus go when he ascended, and what is he doing now? ... He is both "far above" and "here and near." Seated at the right hand of the Father, and here among his people--that is our Savior, continuing to bless and guide us. Yes, Jesus is both "Ascended and Still Present."

5. The Ascension of the Lord (The Exaltation of Jesus)

By the resurrection of the Lord, the humanity overcomes the death, and by the Ascension of the Lord, the humanity -through the body of our Lord- sat at the right hand of God the Father. The resurrection in general is for both: those who have done good, and those who have done evil. The Ascension: is only for those who are at the right hand side of God, which means those who have done good only (Matthew 25:33). ...

6. The Ascension of Our Lord

We need to understand, that if the Lord had merely risen from the dead, but not ascended into heaven, what that would mean is that our bodies could rise from the dead and then we would be stuck on earth for the rest of eternity, not a very happy idea. When you have the opportunity to be able to go to heaven, why would you want to stay on earth?  ...

7. Six Reasons Jesus' Ascension Matters

Though often overlooked, the ascension completes Jesus' earthly mission and signifies his enthronement as heavenly king. Jesus has completed his Father's mission and he now rules with all authority and intercedes with all sympathy as our mediator and high priest. I close with four implications of Jesus' ascension for our lives. ...

8. His Ascension and Our Access

The ascension is the complete fulfillment of the transfiguration. Our Lord returned to His original glory, but not simply as the Son of God - He returned to His father as the Son of Man as well. There is now freedom of access for anyone straight to the very throne of God because of the ascension of the Son of Man. ...

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