On Ascension Day we remember that Jesus promised in John 14 that he will ascend to heaven to prepare a place for each one of his children where we will live in fellowship and harmony with him forever. We must not be troubled, he said, because he remains the Way, the Truth and the Life for every one of his disciples, every day.
Without his ascension and our faith that he works for each one of us before the Father’s throne, the confession of our faith and our comfort in the Redeemer remains incomplete.
The Ascension of Christ proclaims his authority over all. 1 Peter 3:22 says that Christ “has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him” And Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”. Matthew 28:18-20.
The Ascension of Jesus Christ comforts all believers amidst their struggles and especially those who suffer persecution. But the Bible says, “Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the Faith we profess.” Hebrews 4:14.
Our Lord is in Heaven. He listens our prayers. He prepares an eternal mansion for us. He intercedes for us.
He will come again. He will defeat every authority that repudiates him and questions his pre-eminence.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:9-11.
On Ascension Day, in 2022 celebrated on Thursday 26 May, we proclaim that Jesus is our Lord. That he died for our sins and has been raised from the dead and has risen to heaven.
He is alive forever, and he was enthroned at the right hand of God the Father and has been given all authority in heaven and on earth on the first Ascension Day, more than 2000 years ago.
We have an advocate in heaven.
He will crush all his enemies.
He will come again.
Therefore, we must go and make disciples of all nations and serve him with love, obedience, reverence and in worship till our life's end.
Every worker, professional, teacher, policeman, politician, business person, mother, father, and every person in authority are under his sovereign rule and are all accountable to God and will one day give account of their authority before the almighty Christ, Lord, King and Judge who reigns in heaven and has dominion over everything.
Ps 110: 1 reads: “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’”
The Ascension of the Lord Jesus ultimately proclaims the glorious victory of Christ. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords and the Head of the Church. Whoever refuses to bow before Christ as only Saviour today, while grace and forgiveness are still freely available, will one day have to bow before Christ as the eternal Judge, and without forgiveness will be lost forever!
May the Lord bless, keep and sustain us and grant us a blessed Ascension Day and empowering Pentecost feast this year!