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Andries Combrink, our blogger and head of the Pastoral Portal, is a retired Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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May 21

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:13:31 AM  RssIcon

The Ascension of Jesus Christ, celebrated and observed on 30 May this year, is based on the Christian teaching in the New Testament that Christ Jesus was taken up to heaven in his resurrected body, in the presence of eleven of his disciples. It happened on a Thursday, 40 days after his resurrection and 10 days before Pentecost.

Jesus ascended to his Father and to the throne of the Father, where he is at God’s right hand and reigns over his Church and has dominion over everything, both visible and invisible.

 
We believe that his second coming will take place in the same way – he will one day again descend in bodily form.
 
Ascension Day is therefore still celebrated on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter Sunday. This celebration was first observed by the Christian Church in the second half of the 4th century. It is still observed by followers of Jesus Christ, now for more than 1 600 years.
 
He ascended into heaven” means that Jesus, in the sight of his disciples, in his human nature and resurrected body, was taken from the earth to heaven, and is still there today in a position of divine authority and power, until he shall come again to judge the living and the dead.
 
But Christ is also with us as he promised. Christ is true man and true God. According to his human nature he is now not on earth but in heaven, but as our God, Saviour and King he is always with us.
 
The benefits we receive because Jesus Christ ascended into heaven are:
o   Firstly: He is our Advocate in the presence of his Father in heaven, always praying for us.
 
o   Secondly: Because he is in heaven as a human being, we know that he, as our Head, will also take us, his human followers, to the mansions he prepares for us there.
 
o   Thirdly: He sends his Spirit to us, by whose power we seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God and therefore our first priority is not the things on the earth.
 
The glorious Christ, enthroned in heaven as our King and Lord, pours heavenly gifts on us by the work of his Spirit, defending us against our spiritual enemies and protecting us from all evil.
 

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