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 By Pastor Wu
29 Aug 2010 Sunday

 
 
 

 

 

Dear brothers and sisters, after Jesus arose from the dead, he went back to Heaven, ascended to our Father. 

Some think he was supposed to go to Heaven immediately,  for he had already finished his work on the earth, but he stayed longer, for another 40 days, why did he do it in that way?  Our Lord wants to show his presence, his wounds and scars to his disciples, so that the Faith of his disciples can be strengthened.  He chose to stay for another 40 days on earth to be with his disciplesto better prepare the disciples’ Faith, to prepare the people of this world, and also for his second coming.   

 

 

Jesus ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right side of Father.  “Why did he go back to the Father?”  Some may think he went back to claim his glory, honor, respect and being worshipped by all living beings in the universe.  Brothers and sisters, Jesus didn’t go back to the Father for those glorious things.  He went back and has been sitting at the right side of the Father praying for us, to defend our lives for our own benefit.   

Some of you may wonder in what way, how does Jesus pray for us?  Let me tell you Jesus prays for us in the same way as Abraham did for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, as hard as he did.  How did Abraham pray?  Abraham bargained and argued again and again for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.  One day our Father appeared to Abraham, and said to Abraham: “The outcry against the people of Sodom and Gomorrah has reached me, their sins and wickedness are so great, so grievous,  I need to go down to save.  The outcry has reached me, if so, I’m going to destroy the city, sweep away all the people in the town; if not so I will spare them.”  

When Abraham heard this, he said to the Father, “Are you going to sweep away the righteous together with the wicked?  What if there are 50 people who are righteous in that city, are you going to destroy that city? Are you going to sweep away all of them? Are you going to destroy all the people in that town? The Lord replied, “If there are 50 righteous people in the city, I’m not going to sweep the city away, I’m not going to destroy the people in the city.” And Abraham said again, ”Lord, if there are 45 people who are righteous in the city, are you going to destroy the city, not spare those people living there?”  The Lord said, ”If there are 45 people righteous living in the city, for the sake of those 45, I will not destroy it.” 

Abraham did not give up, again and again he pleaded to the Lord, “What if there are 40,… what if there are 30, …what if there are 20,…what if there are 10?  ( I guess  if there were 10 out of 100,000 righteous?), will you destroy the city for the sake of ten good people?”  God said, “I’m not going to destroy the city for the sake of 10 good people.”  But in fact, unfortunately there were less than 10 righteous people, you can tell in this part of the Bible, Abraham bargained all the way, for the sake of righteous people from 50 to 10, so many times. 

In the same way, Jesus Christ rose to life 40 days then he ascended into Heaven, sat at the right side of our Father to pray for us as Abraham did for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.  He prays for us never gives up. 

Jesus promised he would send the Holy Spirit to come upon us.  We need the Holy Spirit to serve the mission together that Jesus left for us to continue.  And the disciples of Jesus indeed received and were filled with the Holy Spirit, they were able to do mighty things then:

1)     able to preach in different languages
2)     able to heal the sick
3)     able to know the Word of God, understand the Truth of Jesus Christ.
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Jesus has sent, and is still sending, the Holy Spirit to His disciples, to live in us, among us, so we can be able to do things supernaturally by the will of God.   

    


 

Jesus went back to Heaven to prepare a place for all God’s children.  In this world most of us work hard to make a living, our houses have limited usage years if we are fortunate to own properties for example.  Yet in Heaven, the place where Jesus prepared, will last eternally has been for the glory of God.  We don’t encourage you to value the worldly things too much, lift up your heads, look up all the time upon Jesus, He is always there and provides every spiritual and physical help we really need.  Amen.
 
 
 

Summary by Claire

 

Bible Verses: Acts 1:9-11 (NIV)

 

 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

 

 

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