The Son of Man Rules the World

The Son of Man Rules the World

Who is in control?

As Christians, it’s easy to say that God is in control, but logically it’s hard to reconcile sometimes. There is so much evil in this world: war, natural disasters, and disease are real and present dangers.

So what does Christ’s Ascension have to do with all of this?

Well, it’s a great reminder that He is our Ruler. That he is Almighty. That he “rules the world with truth and grace”. Yes, we’re borrowing a verse from Joy to the World and we sing it in today’s service because our Savior reigns!

Christ Jesus—our Savior—reigns eternal. Joy to the world!

Today’s sermon text is based on these verses from Ephesians 1,

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far 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 one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

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Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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