It appears that despite the grace of Christ shown to the world, it nonetheless quickly degenerates into self love, pride and lust, as Paul wrote Timothy in his 2nd letter.
TODAY IS PENTECOST!
Jesus promised that after He ascended to Heaven, He would send “a Comforter” as His intimate Presence for each believer in every situation, for all time. This happened ten days after His Ascension:
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2)
This was the birth of the Church! Transformed in courage, wisdom and grace, the believers impacted Jerusalem that day, and thousands upon thousands have been coming into God’s Kingdom ever since. The third Person of the Trinity is with us – we are not alone!
Today, contemplate His loving Presence, and lean on Him!
Four supernatural events have kept humanity from self-destructing. We celebrate them on Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Ascension Day. We celebrate Christ’s birth, when God became flesh; the cross, when sin’s penalty was paid; and the resurrection, when the power of death was broken. But what about His ascension? Why is it so important? Jesus’ return to His Father affected the lives of everyone, believers and unbelievers alike. After returning to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit, to show people their need for a Saviour, to be their helper and teacher. Had Christ remained on this earth following His resurrection, His continuing ministry would have been limited. He would not have accomplished what He is presently doing through the Holy Spirit. Ascension Day reminds us that our exalted Lord is not only continuing His ministry for us as our Great High Priest and Advocate, but through the Spirit He is calling sinners to Himself.