May 8, 2016 - Flesh - Ascension

When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Acts 1:9-11

Our faith is not a faith of ghostly spirits that evaporate at the lightest touch. The authors of the Gospels took pains to convey that, after the resurrection, Jesus was flesh, blood and bone.  He appeared to them and was hungry.  He ate broiled fish.  He let Doubting Thomas place his fingers in his wounds.  In this passage, Jesus ascends bodily into heaven.  There is no separation between humanity and God – no gulf between heaven and earth.  God dwells among His people.