Although the Church actually marked Jesus’ Ascension on Thursday, we come together as a parish this Sunday to join the rest of the Christian world in further celebrating this literal, bodily return to heaven. Note that He rose from the ground gradually and visibly, observed by many intent onlookers and is made meaningful for a number of reasons.
It signalled the end of His earthly ministry. God the Father had lovingly sent His Son into the world at Bethlehem, and now the Son was returning to the Father and marked the return of His heavenly glory. It allowed Him to prepare a place for us and indicated the beginning of His new work as High Priest and Mediator of the New Covenant.
Jesus’ Ascension also set the pattern for His return. When Jesus comes to set up the Kingdom, He will return just as He left-literally, bodily, and visibly in the clouds.
Currently, the Lord Jesus is in heaven. The Scriptures frequently picture Him at the right hand of the Father-a position of honour and authority (Psalm 110:1; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 8:1). Christ is the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18), the giver of spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:7-8), and the One who fills all in all (Ephesians 4:9-10).
We are blessed to have had the opportunity, during these difficult times, to witness and remember the death of our Saviour, to be reminded of His wonderful resurrection and now, to claim His ascension. There is hope in God’s promises;
let us never forget!
Your friend and Vicar, Kofe