Jesus’ Ascension truly matters.
Other church festivals seem to overshadow Ascension. However, Jesus’ ascension is a major event in his life and work.
When Jesus ascended, he sat at his heavenly Father’s right hand, a place of honor, trust, and position. By this, God the Father verified that Christ had made the final payment for sin by the “one sacrifice [that] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” [Hebrews 10:13-14].
When Jesus ascended, his intercessory work began. Through him, all believers have “an advocate with the Father” [1 John 2:1]. Daily, he pleads for us at his Father’s throne.
When Jesus ascended, his eternal reign began. In heaven, he reigns “with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him” (1 Peter 3:22). No one and nothing can equal him or challenge him.
Lastly, when Jesus ascended, the Church was energized and strengthened for its mission. “And God placed all things under [Jesus’] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” [Ephesians 1:22- 23]. As the Church’s head, all things are done through Christ.
Years ago, Ascension was a highly regarded festival. For that matter, it still is.
Jesus’ Ascension truly matters!
Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran High. Reach him at 920.648.2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org