Where is Jesus’ Authority Recognized?

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Bulletin: May 13, 2018

Newsletter: May 2018

Scriptures: Acts 1:1-11Psalm 68Matthew 28:1-10,16-20


Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

One of the reasons we follow the church calendar in our worship service (and throughout the week) is to submerse ourselves in the story and enjoy it every year.

The death and resurrection of Jesus was God’s victory over all competing authorities and powers on earth and heaven. We celebrated this at Easter.

This Sunday we will celebrate Jesus moving from this physical realm into the heavenly realm: the Ascension.

Jesus rose from the dead, a physical, human being, and shortly after that, he ascended to heaven, still very much a physical human being. The ascension was something like a victory parade leading to a coronation ceremony.

God the Father gave Jesus the highest position of authority in all of heaven and earth.

From there Jesus asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit, which we will celebrate next week on Pentecost Sunday.

And all of these special days are a picture of how salvation is the work of a Triune God, or the Trinity, and so the Sunday after Pentecost is Trinity Sunday.

Now perhaps as you read this a few questions come to mind. And maybe they are questions that some of the disciples had as well.
Questions like, “Really?”

In the Gospel according to Matthew, at least some of the disciples hesitated and were uncertain when they met Jesus after the resurrection. Matthew doesn’t tell us what they were wrestling with. Guilt? Skepticism? Reluctance?

By ending his gospel this way, Matthew presents a readers with a choice:

  • What do you think? Is Jesus in charge?
  • Will you draw close to him and keep his instructions?