A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series May 17, 2012 - The Ascension of Our Lord
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 16:14-20; Epistle, Acts 1:1-11 for the The Ascension of Our Lord, May 17, 2012.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Article III.
Jesus' Ascension to "the right hand of God" was not about leaving His people behind. It was about departing from sight to fill the whole world while remaining hidden in it amidst His holy Christian Church. There He rules over His people as His Holy Spirit works amongst baptized believers to keep them with Him through His Word and Sacraments.
1 Our churches teach that the Word, that is, the Son of God [John 1:14], assumed the human nature in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 2 So there are two natures—the divine and the human—inseparably joined in one person. There is one Christ, true God and true man, who was born of the Virgin Mary, truly suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried. 3 He did this to reconcile the Father to us and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of mankind [John 1:29]. 4 He also descended into hell, and truly rose again on the third day. Afterward, He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. There He forever reigns and has dominion over all creatures. 5 He sanctifies those who believe in Him, by sending the Holy Spirit into their hearts to rule, comfort, and make them alive. He defends them against the devil and the power of sin. 6 The same Christ will openly come again to judge the living and the dead, and so forth, according to the Apostles' Creed.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen