Wed, 17 July 2013
June 30, 2013
“Up Up and Away”
2 Kings 2:1-25 & Acts 1:1-11
Synopsis: When believers start talking about the ascension our minds are often drawn to the rapture or to thoughts of heaven and life beyond this world. I enjoy contemplation on such things. That is certainly not all that I think believers should take away from those stories. In my message today I want to juxtapose to ascension stories and draw attention to some similarities that should challenge all believers as we move forward in life.
The first of the ascension stories come from 2 Kings 2. It is the story of Elijah’s ascent. The second is that of Jesus’ ascension and is found in Acts 1:1-11. Of course, there is a lot more to these stories than the passages mentioned. These events served as “punctuation marks” in the development of the story of God’s work of redemption.
When I have compared and contrasted these stories there were some elements of each that stood out in my mind and caused be to focus my attention on the ones left behind. “Up Up and Away” may make us think of Elijah and Jesus, but it should challenge us believers to be about the Father’s business. There is work for us to do so “Up Up and Away.”
Scripture Text (NLT): 2 Kings 2:1-25; Acts 1:1-11
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 2:9-10