Homecoming is usually a happy occasion. It is for college alumni and for family members reunited after an absence. There was joy when the Son of God, having completed His work on Earth, returned home in triumph. Jesus’ ascension into Heaven; 40 days after Easter. Before Jesus left, He promised the disciples He would return. He said. ” In My Father’s house are many rooms. If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-4) Jesus would leave to return to the Father, but the disciples would not be alone.
At His Ascension, Jesus ordered them to stay in Jerusalem and to wait for the promise of the Father. Jesus said ”The Helper, the Holy Sprit; the Father will send in My Name. He will bring to you remembrance all that I said to you”. ( John 14:26) The Holy Spirit, Jesus said, would guide His disciples ”into all the truth”. (John 16:13) The Holy Spirit would bring all that Jesus had taught them, so that they could teach others.
The disciples waited for 10 days after Jesus’ Ascension. On the festival of Pentecost, the promised Holy Spirit poured upon the disciples. The Spirit taught them, led them into the truth, and enlightened them to see God’s love and mercy. The Spirit worked through the disciple’s proclamation of the Gospel, drawing people to faith in Jesus and teaching them to walk in the name of the Lord.
The celebration of Jesus Christ’s Ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was the source of joy in Heaven and on Earth. We are happy, too; over Jesus’ home- coming and for His promise to come back to take us home.
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