Embodied Praise from Joseph Taber on Vimeo.
44Then [Jesus] said to them, “There are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you - that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness on sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nation, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Thanks be to God
15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Thanks be to God.
When I was in Seminary, I got involved with a local retirement center called Presbyterian Village. They saw part of their ministry as giving students the opportunity to practice worship leadership, and I was given the opportunity to preach there once a month for almost a year.
We joined the disciples in standing in awe of the ascension, just as we joined the ancient Israelites at the foot of the mountain of the LORD. We rejoice with them in our salvation, but the Israelites and the Disciples were still waiting for what would guide and shape their identity. For the Israelites, it was the law. For the disciples, it was the Holy Spirit, fulfilling verse 49 of our Luke passage, “And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” We have been given both, and have seen the Risen Christ here in the church, which is his body. We have seen the disciples who “…worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.” Therefore, as the Body of Christ, let us eagerly anticipate what God is about to do: something amazing!