Bible Leads: Luke 24:44-53 Ascension Sunday

Bible Leads is a rendering of my sermon preparation: researching facts & cross-references, drawing up connections through personal experiences, art and music and discerning the essence of the text.


TEXT

Luke 24:44-53

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

  1. See Luke 16:19-31
  2. See Luke 11:29-32
  3. See Luke 6:20-22

Reflection Questions

  1. In what ways does your mind still need opened to understand the scriptures?
  2. In what ways are you a witness to repentance and forgiveness of sins?
  3. When was a time you anticipated a great gift? What was it like when you received that gift?

Image

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Image: “Mass Ascension” by Eric Ward


Soundtrack

(1) Firelight, by Young the Giant (2) A Change is Gonna Come, by Ben Sollee (3) New Horizons, by David Gray (4) Beneath the Reach of Light, by Yellowbirds (5) Don’t Look Back, by She & Him (6) God Has Gone Up, by Gerald Finzi  (7) Time for Heroes, by The Libertines (8) Sunshine in Chicago, by Sun Kil Moon (9) Everyday, Dave Matthews Band (10) Viri Galilaei, by William Byrd

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Haiku

He rises / We gather to tell / Our stories

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