"No Compromise, No Surrender"
Luke 24:46-53: Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.  And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
Dr. Sproul told the story of Polycarp, martyred for Christ in 155 A.D. in Smyrna when he was at least 86, perhaps older. Polycarp was killed because he refused to call Caeser 'Lord'. Dr. Sproul went on to explain that 'Lord'  has multiple meaning. 1: 'Sir'; 2: a slave owner; 3: an imperial title (used for God in both the Old and New Testaments). It was this latter meaning that Polycarp refused to use in reference to Caeser--for that title is alone reserved for God.

In this passage, the disciples were not rejoicing because Jesus was gone (which of course, He never really is gone), but because He was going to recieve His kingdom.
Jesus is Lord and there is no other Sovereign. (Rev. 5:11-14)
 


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