THE JUNCTION | 24.5

THE JUNCTION | 24.5

HOLY SPIRIT SESSIONS #3

Hey everyone and welcome to another Junction online.

This week we are continuing to look at the Holy Spirit. Today we’re looking at the story of Jesus’ Ascension Day and his departing words for his disciples in the book of Acts. It’s in the run up to Pentecost. We’re also in Thy Kingdom Come; where we join the global church praying “thy Kingdom come.” The theme for today in Thy Kingdom Come is all about being sorry and how through God’s love we’ve been forgiven. Head over to Thy Kingdom Come‘s website for more info on how to join in this year.

Jesus taken up into Heaven (Acts 1:4-9)

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Reflection

As we think about Jesus ascending to Heaven we read about how he told his disciples to wait for the helper to be sent. The disciples were eager to see the next thing. They seem to be itching to see what would happen next. Their question to Jesus about when the kingdom would be restored can come off a little bit like they didn’t know or understand what had happened at Easter a while earlier; but I think they were keen to know how all this was going to go.

How often are we impatient? For some of us patience is easy and for some: not so much.

They wanted to know the end goal – God’s kingdom fully present on Earth. But Jesus only told them the next step. They were to wait for the promised spirit to fill them, but not just for themselves to be filled for their own good… for them to be filled and to go out to speak Good News to the ends of the Earth.

It seems like the lockdown is beginning to be eased a little bit, so as this happens the ways that we show love to others change more and more.
What can you do to share Jesus’ love to others?
What are you eager to do when we get through all this?
What do you see as your next steps in your faith journey?

Worship

Prayer

Loving God, I am sorry for the times when
I have not loved others as You love. Thank
You that, before I thought of confessing,
You had forgiven me. I confess all that is
not right in my life today and ask for the
forgiveness You so lovingly give. May this
love transform my friends’ lives also.

During Thy Kingdom Come we are encouraged to pray for 5 friends and pray “thy kingdom come” in their lives. Why not pick those people now and then try today’s action:

During this week, how can I lay aside
something important to me, so as to better
serve one of my five?

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