Summary: AN ASCENSION DAY SERMON
ASCENSION DAY MESSAGE
(Thursday- 1st May, 2008)
THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
(Mossford Green, Barkingside- London, United Kingdom)
REV EGERTON GBONDA
(Anglican Diocese of Bo- Sierra Leone, Church of the Province of West Africa)
Be a Witness, You’ve Got a Mansion, Be Ready to Go!
Acts Chapter 1 verses 1 to 11
The story is told of a mum who would take her son to nursery school, kiss him good bye and would always say to him ‘darling I’m leaving you in good hands, OK?’ She will do this every day she takes her son to school. When the son was of age and mum was quite old now and experiencing dementia, the son took his dear mum to a care home. As he said good bye, he remembered the words of his mum when he was quite young; he then kissed her and said ‘mum I’m leaving you in good hands’. His mum who could hardly remember things now because of dementia held on to his son’s hands and tears started streaming down her eyes; she remembered her own very words years ago.
We all know that today is Ascension Day. Before Jesus left His disciples he told them, in our reading this evening, he was going to send the Holy Spirit, who will give them power to carry out his work on earth. I therefore believe that we are in good hands, even though Jesus has ascended to heaven. This will form the basis of tonight’s talk. Why did Jesus ascend to heaven? I hope to throw light on this also. The words of the ‘two men dressed in white’ (as was read in the passage) would also be another focus of my message. For the next 13 minutes or so, I would be majoring on these three things; once again- what Jesus requires of us in his absence (I mean his physical absence on earth), what he said he was going to do for us in heaven (when he ascended) and what should we expect. These three topics are part of my theme which I have titled- Be a Witness, You’ve Got a Mansion, Be Ready to Go! And I will be using Acts chapter 1verses 1 to 11as our main reference or text.
Let us pray: Our Father in heaven we thank you for this Ascension Day service, we now ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to grasp great truth from tonight’s reading that would bless our lives; we ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord- Amen.
BE A WITNESS FOR CHRIST
Acts chapter 1 verse 8 tells us: ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth’. These were the words of Jesus to his disciples before he said good bye to them and ascending to heaven. As usual Jesus played His own part- He fulfilled His promise- the Holy did come upon the disciples. Did they play their own part of being witnesses for Christ? I am sure we all know they did. Then who or what is a witness? If you check the dictionary meaning you may get the following:
• Attestation of a fact or event
• A testimony – giving evidence
• Someone present at a transaction- to testify to it having taken place
• Having personal knowledge of something or someone
• Public affirmation by word or example of what you believe.