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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

Having dwelt on the topics
  1. “The Christian journey”
  2. “ The Conquest of Canaan” and the
  3. “Lent season”.

in the previous months, now in the months of April and May, considering that post resurrection of Christ (one of our concluding themes’ you would remember in the meditations of March, was Resurrection), birth of the Church was a landmark event in Biblical history, I want to cast the spotlight on the Book of Acts (which records the birth and growth of the Church). This would ensure to a large extent continuity of thought albeit under the ambit of new subject.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




April 7th

The Ascension



“During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.” - Acts 1:3

“After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go” – Acts 1:9-11
 
  Today in our study of the Book of Acts, we come to yet another important event post-resurrection…that of Jesus’ ascension. Before the ethereal ascension, the Bible states that Jesus’ appeared to his disciples many a time reassuring them and even once restoring them to their calling (Wonder of wonders, Peter and co, contemplated going back to their fishing trade- John 21:1-22!!!). In his on and off appearances before ascension, Jesus in His glorified resurrected body simply kept “appearing and disappearing” (Luke 24:26, John 20:26), as per the need of the hour but when it came to His final disappearance from the disciples’, Bible states in the above-captioned portion that HE ROSE INTO THE SKIES. Ever wondered why? Jesus could have simply disappeared from the presence of His disciples’ as he had done many times before, rather than dramatically disappearing by rising into the skies?

One reason, Jesus’ disappeared by rising into the skies, was to conclusively convey a message to His disciples’ that in physical form, they wouldn’t see Him again. Yes, He would indwell them in the form of Holy Spirit but never again, would He appear to them in bodily form. The second reason was to reassure all His followers (including us) as the angels testified that He would return in the same way, He left…in the clouds…in line with the prophecy recorded in Matt 24:30.

Are we keenly awaiting His return?

Prayer:

Lord Jesus’, we believe you are coming back soon, once and for all to deliver the groaning creation suffering under the weight of sin. COME LORD JESUS TO REIGN. AMEN AND AMEN.
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