The Ascension of Jesus

Series: The Ascension of Jesus

Apr 16, 2023

The Ascension of Jesus

The Ascension - Acts 1:4-11, 2:33-34

The ascension is an often overlooked piece of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. However, it is critical to understanding God’s purpose for our lives now and the kingdom He is preparing for His people upon the return of Christ. 

 

1. Jesus ascended to heaven as forever King (Ps 2, 110)

The ascension is not simply Jesus being lifted upward before His followers, it speaks to His coronation and enthronement. Jesus sits on the throne of all creation as fully God and fully man. The ruin of Adam gave way to the reign of Jesus through His birth, death, resurrection, and ascension. In fulfillment of God’s plan from eternity, the Father has exalted Jesus and given Him all dominion and authority and a name above all other names (Eph 1:7-12, Phil 2:5-11, Col 1:15-20).

 

Among the realities we must see in the ascension is this:

Jesus does not exist for me. I exist for Him.

What is supreme in your life? (Col 1:15-20)

How would you know what that is for a person?

For parents, what is reflected as supreme in your home? 

Do we see Jesus as our glorious and reigning King today in how we pray, worship, and serve in His name?

 

2. Jesus ascends as an eternal Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16, 8:1)

Jesus intercedes for His people as our high priest and prompts us to live boldly.

The ascension does not remove the presence of God from us but provides it for us all through the giving of the Holy Spirit. We receive His Spirit in a way that mirrors Elisha as He watched the ascension of Elijah (2 Kings 2:10) and now carry out the prophetic words of Christ and His ministry through us on the earth (Mt 28:18-20)

My life fulfills God’s good design in my union with Christ as I look to Him as my faithful prophet, eternal priest, and glorious King. 

 

3. Jesus ascends to later descend in final victory (1 Thes 4:16, Rev 21-22)

The reign of Jesus is both already and not yet. Upon His return, Jesus will right every wrong. Our troubles have an expiration date and will be overshadowed by the glory of His return (Rom 8:18). He has defeated death and will one day destroy it. He will establish His eternal kingdom in fullness, place His enemies under His feet, and reign with His people forever (Ps 2, 110, 1 Cor 15:20-28).

One day we will forever be in the presence of Christ as those who share His Spirit, bear His image, and reflect His glory (Rev 21:1-4; 21:22-22:5).

A life that sees and follows Jesus for who He truly is today will be filled with hope, longing, and faithfulness. What does this look like in your life right now? Where do you need to place your hope in Christ? How are you longing for His return? How can you walk in faithfulness until that day?

 

 

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