Presbyter message

Dear People of God,

Jesus' earthly ministry was now complete! He was born of a virgin Mary, lived a blameless life, died a vicarious death, and arose from the grave with a glorified body. He had been on earth for forty days since his resurrection 'speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of Go' (Acts 1:3). He was now ready to return to heaven. The Mount Olives, just outside the eastern wall of Jerusalem, served as an ideal location from which to view God's City of Peace. Jesus chose it as the place from which to give His final promise to come again and for his ascension into heaven. When He ascended into heaven, Jesus command his disciples and followers to 'witness' His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. The first requirement to be a witness of Jesus is, a witness must know something. As Paul said 'I know whom I have believed' (1 Tim 1:12). What is the first requirement of a witness in a courtroom. If the witness says, when asked a question, 'I think'- immediately the opposing attorney will arise and say, 'I object, your Honor! We are not interested in what this witness thinks. We are only interested in what he knows'. Secondly, a witness must say something. To know about Jesus and fail to tell others is criminal. Every once in a while we read of a witness coming along years after a crime who has a testimony that frees a prisoner from jail. If this person had been a witness at the trial, the prisoner never would have been convicted. This person knew the facts, but didn't tell them! Therefore, the prisoner was convicted unjustly. Thirdly, a witness must be something. In the courtroom a witness may know something and say something, but if the opposing attorney has evidence that the witness is not a person of integrity, the attorney can present the facts to the court and make an impassioned plea to throw out the testimony. Likewise, all our verbose vocalizings will be like 'sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. Unless our lives are consistent with our testimony. ' Therefore the ascension of Jesus gives us the responsibility to be a witness of the risen and ascended Christ. As after the ascension day, we have important liturgical days such as Pentecost Day and Trinity Sunday in our church calendar. Let us renew ourselves, to witness Jesus' life journeys, especially His Ascension. The Christian holy day of Pentecost, which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. Let us be thankful to the Lord for sending the Holy Spirit to His Church on Pentecost day, which still ignites the hearts and minds of believers. And let us also worship the Triune God, world without end. Amen

Rev. Aby K Thomas

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