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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Ascension of our Lord

This week Christians all around the world will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord.

Jesus’ return to heaven is proof that He is God’s Son. Without Jesus’ ascent to

heaven, God and Jesus would have never sent the Third Person of the Trinity, the

Holy Spirit to us. The Ascension of our Lord is celebrated on May 13th this year.

How will you celebrate the Ascension of our Lord?

New Testament – Acts 10

Today’s reading actually starts at the end of the events Peter is speaking about.

So let’s start at the beginning of the event. Peter is napping and God sends him a

very strange dream. Peter follows the Jewish dietary laws which don’t allow him

to eat many things we eat. In this dream, Peter sees a sheet filled with all sorts of

things a Jewish person is not allowed to eat. God tells Peter to kill and eat these

things. Peter tells God that he has never eaten anything unclean or unholy. This

happens three times and then the sheet is taken back to heaven. Peter is

wondering what this all means. Then visitors come to the house where Peter is

staying.

The visitors are from a Roman centurion named Cornelius. They want Peter to

come and speak with Cornelius about Jesus. They tell Peter that Cornelius is a

God-fearing man who is very faithful to God. Wow! Imagine how hard it was for

a high-ranking Roman officer to be faithful to the one true God when he pledged

to be faithful to a king who worshipped idols. God tells Peter to go with them.

Peter leaves and goes with them.

When Peter arrives, Cornelius has all his family at his house. Peter then

understands God was telling him that everyone, Jew or Gentile, belongs to God’s

family. So Peter teaches them that Jesus died and was resurrected where now

Jesus sits at the right hand of God, the Father. Peter teaches them and us that

Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead. Peter tells them only by

believing in Jesus can anyone be saved.

Everyone in Cornelius’ home accepts Jesus as their Savior. While Peter is still

teaching, the Holy Spirit descends on everyone there. Peter baptizes everyone

there including Cornelius.


Old Testament – Psalm 98

This is a very beautiful and joyful hymn of praise to God. Listen to it below.

https://youtu.be/eYt0VI3iGNI


New Testament – 1 John 5:1-6

Here John teaches us that those who believe that Jesus is our Savior belongs to

God. John also teaches those who love others love God and belong to Him.

Belonging to God means we will love Him, others and obey Him. John reminds us

whoever has Jesus as their Savior has overcome the world. What does this mean?

It means no matter how hard life is we never have to be defeated. Jesus gives us

victory over all life’s trials and temptations. All we need to do is to trust and obey

Him.


New Testament – John 15:9-17

Jesus teaches us in these verses He loves us and God loves us. Jesus tells us to

remember this. We are to love others as Jesus loves us. It’s easy to love those

who we like and hard to love those who are difficult. Hmmm…What are we to

do? First, we need to pray and ask Jesus to show us the way to love the

unloveable. He will help us to do this. It will take time. But, Jesus will make it

happen. Jesus promises when we love everyone as He loves us He will help us do

this. This week let’s close with the Lord’s Prayer. Aramaic was Jesus’ language.

Listen to the Lord’s Prayer below as Jesus would have prayed it.

https://youtu.be/locW-9S00VU


Younger Children Lesson:

This week we will celebrate Jesus going back to heaven. This called the Ascension

of our Lord. Jesus going back to heaven shows us He is God’s Son. Once he went

back to heaven He sent us His Holy Spirit so we would know what to do when we

believe in Jesus.

Draw a picture of Jesus going back to heaven.

Every week we learn a song from the Bible. Songs from the Bible are called

psalms. There is a whole book in the Bible with Songs. It is called the Book of

Psalms. Today’s song is Psalm 98. Listen to it below and sing along with it.

https://youtu.be/eYt0VI3iGNI



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