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Summary: Every time Martin Luther would read the Scriptures he would ask the age-old question: "What does this mean?" We proclaim each Sunday: "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!" So Beloved, "What does the Ascension of Jesus mean"?

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Every-time ... Martin Luther would read the Scriptures he would ask the age-old question: ...... "What does this mean?"

I pray ... that you too .... Will ask that same question .... every time you read a portion of God's word, ......or meditate on the truth ... of the Scriptures.

"What does this mean?"

What does this mean for me?

Let us today ... ask that same question ... in light of Jesus' ascension ... to heaven.

So .... What Does the ascension of Jesus .... Mean for us ... this day?

Well ... first and foremost .... It means that Jesus finished the work on earth ...... that the father gave him .... to do.

Remember our Lord's words ... that he cried out ...from the Cross ...(Slow) "It is finished". (John 19:30)

Very few of us ... have ever enjoyed the luxury ... of coming to the end of ... even our most productive day being able to proclaim, ... "It is finished.

I am through.

I have accomplished ... everything.

Instead, ... most of us have an unending list ... or our spouse does ... of things that need to be done.

Very seldom ... if ever ... can we just sit back, ... fold our arms, ... and say, "It is Finished"!

I have finished everything ... everything on both lists ... mine and my wife's.

It Never happened!

Yet Jesus could do that.

Jesus could say, ... It is finished ...everything is done. (Pause)

Well ... Forty days after that first Easter Day, ... Jesus led his disciples ... to the Mount of Olives.

For forty days ...... from Easter to Ascension, ... Jesus prepared the disciples ...... for the work ...that was being laid out before them.

On the Mount .... Jesus blessed them ...... then ascended into the heavens .... until a cloud hid him ... from their eyes.

Yet ... Instead of being sad, ....... The Scriptures tell us ...... that the disciples were ...... filled with joy.

What does this mean?

Perhaps we are stating the obvious, ....... yet sometimes ... the obvious needs ... to be stated.

God sent his Son into the world.

He sent his only begotten Son ....... to save the world ...from eternal death .... To save humanity from the wages of sin.

He sent Jesus here to rescue us ...... for heaven.

The fact that Jesus ascended ... that he returned to heaven .... Means ...... that Jesus clearly...... completed his work.

It is Finished! (Pause)

Deep down inside our sinful natures ...... lurks the same age-old dark question ... that the rich young ruler had for Jesus.

"Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?" (Matthew 19:16)

We desperately want .... We desperately want ... to have assurance ... of heaven.

So, ... We seek something ... some good work ... to assure us ... of this salvation.

If only ... I had a stronger faith.

If only ... I would care more.

If only ... I would study more.

If only ... I would pray more.

Now all these things ... are attributes of a Christian maturing in the faith.

They are all good things ... but not if you are doing them ... In a hope ... that you will earn peace of mind ... that you will earn ... assurance of heaven.

Beloved .... There is no work ... that can bring you .... assurance.


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