1971 Years Later (after Jesus' Ascension)

May 23, 2004
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Ascension
Hymns: 23, 737, 216, 341
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, the world runs and rushes doing its own thing as if You’ll never return. So many scoff at the truths of Your Word and at the certainty of Your return. Yet, Your ascension reminds me that You will return in the same way as You ascended, even though it seems like a long time that You have delayed. I know that in our weaknesses my fellow Christians and I can get caught up in the world’s mentality and focus. Forgive us and renew us; and now, please bless us and strengthen us in worship today. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 8

First Reading: 

2 Peter 3:1-18

The world scoffs, “Where is this Jesus you say is returning?” What they see as reason for doubt is really a testimony to God’s grace. It is God’s patient mercy that delays Jesus’ return so that more and more may hear God’s Word and be saved. While we wait, be steadfast, rely upon the words and promises of your Savior, and by the Spirit’s blessing through the Gospel, grow in the grace and knowledge of your Lord.

Second Reading: 

John 17:20-26

On the night of His betrayal, Jesus prayed to His heavenly Father for all who would come to faith through the words of the Apostles. In other words, Jesus prayed for all believers including us. Jesus’ prayer was that we would behold His glory, put our trust in God’s Word and live eternally with the Triune God in heaven. Our ascended Lord now has all power in heaven and on earth to accomplish this blessed goal for us!