Left Alone or Left to Live?

Recently we read from John 14 which falls in the aftermath of Jesus’ remarks about his death in John 13. Many like the thought that they will not be left alone in the world. Jesus will return. The Spirit is given to mediate the ongoing presence of Jesus. Great we are not left alone. End of story.

Not so fast. Maybe we could reconsider the way the narrative plays out. For the moment the disciples needed some sense they were not being abandoned. We look back and take heart that we are not abandoned. But what about the world?

Jesus’ absence means a void that Jesus filled is now a void again. Or is it. Ascension Sunday ought be as remarkable a Sunday as any in the Christian Seasons following the Christian Calendar. We should make much of it for in the scene in Acts the Messengers tell the Gazers it is time to live. In fact, it is time to live out lives as Jesus’ witness. “You will be my witnesses,” Jesus announced prior to leaving.

We are left to live in the world as Jesus did bearing witness to the goodness and mercy of God. And, that is yet remains and is not taken out with the ascension of Jesus. Living out Jesus’ Way expands our normal course of thinking that “witness” is telling a personal testimony. It is the Way we live our lives that gives rise to a personal experience of the grace of God in Jesus which gives a “lived” look to the “witnesses” we are for the good of the world.

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One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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