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The Ascension

Contributed by The Rev. Ross Downes on May 27 2022.

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The Ascension

In one short sentence, bring us to our knees with his retelling of the ascension of Jesus.

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

An attempt to simplify this story while still embracing the crucial points, begins with recognizing that most scholars dealing with this event, see it as part of wider process. That is;

It is God’s intention that his created order; mankind; be reconciled to him and (metaphorically) return to the garden. The garden; symbolically; is the place of ultimate peace and order, in the presence of God. Read more...

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