July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Now What?

Ascension of the Lord

from the book
Sermons On The Gospel Readings
For Sundays In Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany

Frank G. Honeycutt

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The Ascension of Jesus into heaven is one of those strange Bible stories that Cecil B. De Mille would've enjoyed filming. Charlton Heston would play Jesus, of course. He would give the apostles some final instructions and then say with just the right touch of divine resonance, "STAY HERE IN THE CITY UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN CLOTHED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH." Charlton/Jesus would take the next cloud to heaven in proper cinematic flourish. I picture it as an escalator-type effect, slow and lingering but with a decided trajectory, just the right light but without the stairs. Maybe some cherubim music, but clearly within the bounds of proper taste.

Finally, the camera cuts to an overhead shot of the apostles -- dazed, mouths agape, like Gomer Pyle looking up at a skyscraper for the first time. Shazzam, he's gone. Someone once playfully suggested that as Jesus departed into heaven, the disciples finally saw the "sole" of Jesus. S-o-l-e, the bottoms of ...

This Ascension of the Lord sermon, Now What?, is based on Luke 24:44-53 and relates to Ascension of the Lord of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Gospel Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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