On Thursday (30 May) we remembered again Ascension Day when Jesus was “taken up …. into heaven” (Acts 1v9-11). What is the significance of this extraordinary event for us today? Let me suggest three outcomes:
- Worshipping – the Ascension dramatically fulfils Daniel’s prophetic vision (7v13,14) of “one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven” into the presence of “the Ancient of Days” and who is “given authority, glory and sovereign power”. As a result all peoples worshipped Him, His dominion is everlasting and His Kingdom will never be destroyed. The Ascension is the presentation of the King in triumph; He is taken up to His throne, His mission accomplished. Let us worship Him, bowing down in humble submission before His throne.
- Waiting – the watching disciples are told by the two angels that “this same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven” (Acts 1v11). Jesus will return! Every eye will see Him (Revelation 1v7)! We must wait patiently, but not as stargazers like the disciples who were taken to task for standing around looking into the sky (Acts 1v11).
- Witnessing – instead of stargazing – and perhaps speculating about Jesus’ return – we are called to be witnesses to the end of the earth (Acts 1v8). This links back to the first point above as we remember Jesus’ words just prior to His Ascension: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28v18,19).
Peace and Grace