Good News C26a
Feast of the Ascension
24:46-53 New American Bible
24:46-53 New International Version Gateway
John 6:62 New American
John 20:17 New
Ephesians 4:8-10 New American Bible
References to Elijah:
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predicted that Jesus would go up into
heaven. Before he died, Jesus asked
the Jews, “What would you do if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to
where he came from?” After Jesus arose
from the dead, he told Mary
Magdalene not to hang on to him because
he had not yet ascended to the Father.
He said, “I ascend to My Father and to your Father, to My God and to your God."
Forty days later he ascended up into the clouds and disappeared into
heaven just as he said he would. He rose
straight up like he was in a hot air balloon.
Elijah was carried to heaven by a flaming chariot and
horses. God took Elijah to heaven so
that his enemies would not kill him. He was a prophet who had already trained Elisha to take his place.
Elijah dropped his mantle, his
picked it up, and wore it as a symbol of his determination to carry on Elijah’s work after his death.
After Jesus died, his disciples picked up where he left
off. Today you can pick up where Jesus left off.
You can show that you are a Christian by your love for others. In some churches, when babies are baptized,
they cover them with a new white garment. This symbolizes them putting on Christ. Today pick up
the Lord’s cloak and do his work. You can design it yourself. It can have a heart for love, a cross for
forgiveness, a Bible, and a path for following God’s plan. You are a disciple
of Christ. You are one sent out into the
world to spread the word of the Lord.
Say the “Our
Father” and ask God to help you do to wear your mantle with love, forgiveness,
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
us this day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
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