Over the last couple of years, I have been reminded of the importance of this aspect of Jesus' life and ministry.
I want to share some things that I have been reminded of, and am learning about Jesus' ascension.
Then I want to share some life lessons God has been teaching me in this.
Right before his ascension, Jesus said: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Jesus ascended so that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the one who would give His followers the power to be His witnesses around the world.
Hebrews 8:1, 2 says "Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man."
In his article "4 Results of Christ's Ascension," Tim Challies shares some of the great results of Christ's ascension:
- the gift of the Comforter
- the ministry of the High Priest
Before he ascended Jesus promised the disciples a Comforter and power (Acts 1:8).
Since his ascension, we have a high priest who is seated at God's hand that we look to (Hebrews 12:1, 2).
With everything my family has going on right now, I am so thankful
for God the Holy Spirit who comforts and gives power,
for God the Son who is the founder and perfecter of my faith, and
for God the Father who is sovereign over everything and on HJis throne.
We are not sure what ministry God has for us in the future.
We are not sure what God has planned for our house.
We are not sure what God has planned for the ministries and people we love at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
At the same time,
I am sure that God is in control.
I am sure that Jesus has saved me.
I am sure that the Holy Spirit will give me and EBC the strength and power to do what God has planned next.
These truths don't make what is next easy.
There are definitely struggles and difficulties.
but I choose to say blessed be God's name and I am not alone.
Here are two online resources that have been extremely helpful.
- I posted about the song Hills and Valleys at http://drodgersjr.blogspot.com/2017/05/hills-and-valleys.html
- Here is a sermon by Alistair Begg on the Ascension - https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/ascension-of-jesus-christ-the/