On the Spot..
Where now is your God?
On May 9th we will be remembering the Ascension. This speaks of the departure of Christ. The friends of Jesus had to face the fact that they were going to have to get used to living in a world without Jesus – or at least living in a world without the Jesus they had known. Those frightening and exhilarating weeks of Easter were over, when amazed and confused in equal measure, they had almost got used to the possibility of Jesus turning up in unexpected places. It was as though he was saying to them, “It’s going to be different now. Don’t expect to see me in the old way.”
In John’s Gospel we read how Jesus had already said to them, “It’s going to be better for you if I do go away.” What the disciples made of that we don’t know. They may well have asked, how can it be better when the visible sign of God’s presence is gone? But Jesus also promised that when he had gone his followers would be filled with his spirit. They would be energised with the same power that he had, and be able to express his compassion and energy.
In May, as well as Ascension, we also celebrate two other significant events: Pentecost and Christian Aid Week. Pentecost reminds us of the pouring out of God’s Spirit on the disciples then, enabling, enthusing and empowering them. It reminds us too of the same Holy Spirit at work in us! Christian Aid points us to the fact that we are called to offer ourselves as signs of God in the world today. We are called to make the face of Christ known.
So during May we remember not a God who has left the building, but a Lord who is risen, ascended and glorified – and passionately still involved in the world today!
With Love and Prayers