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lifting up his hands he blessed them... and He withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven

Luke 24:52
Acts 1:1-11; Psalms 47:2-3,6-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53

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The Ascension of The Lord, C

The enormously popular film of the 1980s, E.T. is the story of an ugly, beautiful creature who is left behind when his spaceship touches down on planet earth. He is befriended by a little boy named Elliot, the boy’s brother and sister, and others. They go through a series of adventures together until, finally, the spaceship returns and rescues E. T. the “Extra Terrestrial.” Although the moviemaker has never claimed to have intentionally imbedded the Gospel into this film, nevertheless it is there, all the way through.

First of all, the Extra Terrestrial coming to our planet is a perfect symbol of the Incarnation. Moreover, this Extra Terrestrial has an adventure here that remarkably parallels the Gospel story of Jesus. He makes a few disciples who love him and follow him. Most of the people line up against him and become the enemy — especially the scientists who simply want to dissect him and study him. He performs miracles. He brings a plant back…

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