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Good evening. Below is the recording from this morning’s service, the message from Andy regarding the link between Jesus’ ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit at Shavuot/Pentecost.
Firstly, there are two worship videos. Praise the Lord and have a good week!
Here is Andy’s message, Ascension and Shavuot:
Acts 1: The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.
Good morning! Thankfully we are seeing the begnnings of the easing of the lockdown, and hopefully we can begin to look forward to recommencing our services sometime soon. However, that still may not be until July, another six weeks away. So until then let us continue to encourage and stay in touch with one another, looking how we may help where help may be needed.
This week, on Thursday, is Ascension Day, forty days since Resurrection Sunday. So in our message below we are looking at the significance of that event. Firstly, we have a praise video from Jerusalem, ‘Great is the Lord’, with Paul Wilbur and Sarah Lieberman (the Hebrew sections are repeated in English). It’s a very joyful song, and one that reflects the victory of the Ascension, the event that concluded Jesus’ earthly ministry and set the pattern for His return.
Bless you, Andy.