Today’s readings from Acts, Ephesians, and Luke are all talking about the authority of Jesus Christ as attested to by his ascension into heaven. The texts are saying that Christ has authority above all things in heaven and on earth, and that though subordinate in position to the Father, Jesus has an equal authority to the Father, seated at his right hand. Moreover, the apostles are witnesses to Jesus’ authority and so their testimony about Jesus should be trusted.
For the apostles who heard Jesus’ words, they were reminded that they were eyewitnesses to his ascension and thus could give credible and reliable testimony to Jesus’ authority. For later readers and for us, this apostolic credibility safeguards our faith so long as we keep faith with the written record of their testimony as recorded in the New Testament.
The apostles could proclaim “Jesus is Lord” based on what they had seen and heard. More than a declaration of faith, this is a declaration of the truth that saves the lives of those who hear it and believe.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on May 28, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.