Ascension Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Lectionary Readings: Psalm 47; Luke 24:44-53
Text: “While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.”
Sermon: “On The Edge”
Tease: The story of Jesus’ ascension defies any human logic. What does Luke mean when he asserts so matter-of-factly: “Jesus withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven?” Surely, his statement demands a few more details. What actually happened? How fast did he ascend? Where did he go? The author makes a second attempt to recount the same event in his Book of Acts. (None of the other Gospel writers even give it a try!) In Acts, he simply tells us that a cloud came in and “hid him from their view.” It’s as if Luke takes us as far as he can … to the point where traditional language suddenly stops working … and we must muster the courage to venture beyond that edge … and into uncharted spiritual territory.