Saturday, June 03, 2006

Unfold Ye Portals Everlasting

Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday. It's the time when follower's of Christ remember Jesus' ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

I want you to close your eyes and think with me for a second. (You can't close your eyes and read...but give it a try). Think about Jesus ascending into heaven and what that must have been like. Here he is - the culmination of his 33 years on earth and the ushering in of the Kingdom of God - then, he goes home. Home to the songs of a million angels, home to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Home to his Father.

The entry of Christ into heaven is captured in an amazing song by Charles Francois Gounod, composer of The Redemption.

The anthem features a choir (usually the Mormon Tabernacle) singing Unfold Ye Portals Everlasting and prepare to receive him ascending on high - welcome home the King of Glory for his work on earth is done. He who death overcame. He now enters into his glory, to sit at the right hand of the Father for eternity.

And now imagine when the Father looks into the eyes of Jesus and, holding his face in his hands, says "Well done my good and faithful servant, well done."

6 comments:

Tiny said...

Dude,I have goosebumps and am crying...at work!! Now, think about when He holds your face in His hands and says, "job well done, good and faithful servant!"

Red Letter girl said...

I will probably not get as good of reception. :)

Get to work! I need to blog about Kuwait!!

twitty said...

Thanks for the gooseys. As a parent I can only imagine how proud God was of Jesus.

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