And as they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."  (Acts 1:10-11).

Risen and Ascended Lord, because the Holy Ministry has eternal consequences, assist those You have ordained to the preaching/teaching office to keep the eyes of Your faithful ones on You and on Your gracious rule now and on Your return on the Last Day.  You have led captivity captive and set the prisoners free.  You have ascended on high to rule over the universe, the church, and the world.  You live now to make intercession for us as our advocate with the Father.  Hear our prayer and fix our hearts where true joys are found, for You are one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  AMEN.  

The scorner asks whether we really believe that God dwells above us.  That we do not believe.  We know that God dwells beyond both time and space.  heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him.  But God has given us the heavens as a symbol of his majesty and power.  He has taught us to lift up our eyes to the heavens in prayer.  Jesus himself speaks of our Father "who is in heaven" and notes that Pilate has his power "from above."  Such figures of speech are necessary and just as valid as when we say that the sun "rises."  Therefore our Lord was lifted up in the presence of the disciples when he was taken from them and entered through the heavens which separate our world from God's kingdom.  
   (Preaching From the Whole Bible - Bo Giertz - p. 64). 

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