thought for the month
Here, every month, a different contributor will give a different perspective on faith.
Thought for the month of May.
May is forecast to carry
on with the lovely weather we have been experiencing during April which for our
area must have been the driest and warmest we have had for many years.
On the 26th May we will be thinking of Jesus’s Ascension into Heaven. Can you just imagine the Disciples standing and looking on in amazement as Jesus was taken up into heaven. They surely must have been stunned by the events of the past 40 days when Jesus appeared to them so many times after they were convinced that he was dead. Then having spent time with Him again see Him disappear up into the clouds.
However, before he left them, he had been talking to them about the Kingdom of God and He gave them this order, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised. John baptized you with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirt.”
Acts 1 v 4 & 5 (Good News Bible)
I can just imagine them saying to each other “what is going to happen next”? However, as they had their eyes fixed to the sky two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them and said “Galileans, why are you standing there looking up at the sky? This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw Him go into heaven”. – Acts 1 v 10 & 11 (GNB) Then the Disciples somewhat bewildered turned and went back to Jerusalem and stayed in the room where they had been staying.
The Disciples and many others including Mary Magdalen and Mary the Mother of Jesus together with many other believers – about 120 in all – regularly met together to pray. Can you imagine what it must have been like for them waiting and wondering what the Holy Spirit was or would be like.
As you go about the next month try to imagine how you would feel if you were one of the Disciples and what you would be thinking and feeling and next month we will look at what happened when the Holy Spirit descended on them.