John 17:1-11 – Christians in the world are prayed for. Before His departure, Jesus prays for His disciples.
This lesson, the Gospel for this coming Sunday, is a part of Christ’s high priestly prayer, the end of His farewell discourse at the Last Supper begun in chapter 13. It is a pray where Jesus prays for His disciples left in the world. The hour of His departure has come. He reports to the Father that He has accomplished the work He was sent to do.
Jesus says, “The hour has come.” It is the hour of death, and the hour of glory. This is the hour for which Jesus worked, the hour for which he came to earth. Who things of his hour of death as the hour of glory? In Jesus’ case his death is a glory by virtue of the atoning power of His death to take away the sins of the world. In His death the Father redeemed and reconciled His children. The death of Jesus was a victory for the Father.
Today is Ascension Day forty days after Easter. It is the day the Savior returned to the Father to be received by Him. It is a day in which we remember that this same Ascended Lord will return on the Last Great Day to receive us into His glory. We are reminded of that great spiritual which says, “Soon and very soon, we shall see the king!”
The Ascension has certain important truths to be proclaimed:
Ø It is the final exaltation of Jesus as Lord of Lords.
Ø It is the universal accessibility of Jesus
Ø It is the coming of age of the Christian in responsibility
Ø It is the total lordship of Jesus over all creation
A Prayer for Ascension –Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives, and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
For Agriculture - Almighty God, You blessed the earth to make it fruitful, bringing forth in abundance whatever is needed for the support of our lives. Prosper; we implore You, the work of farmers, especially in this planting season. Grant them seasonable weather that they may gather in the fruits of the earth and thus proclaim Your goodness. May we see by this noble vocation that by Your aid we are helping to feed the world and cause all who give thanks over their food to treat those who produce it with honor and respect.
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