Ascension Day

On May 14 some Christians celebrated the Ascension of our Lord.  I say some because I don’t see too many Followers of Christ celebrating Ascension Day in North America, at least not in my community.  But perhaps I’m wrong.  Nevertheless, I like to remember the Ascension, as it’s an important part of the biblical story.  In Acts 1 we read that Jesus was taken up into heaven, after announcing to the disciples that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit, and become his witnesses all over the world.  As Jesus ascended into heaven, two men dressed in white appeared and announced that just as he ascended to heaven, so he would come back in the same way.  Not a long story, but an important one.  Why?  Because Ascension Day reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection.  According to the Apostles’ Creed, “[Jesus] ascended to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.”  So because Jesus is now alive and well, and ruling in heaven with God the Father, we are instructed to “set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1 NIV)  And as we look up, we imagine King Jesus seated on his throne.  “There he hears our prayers and pleads our cause before the Father.  Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Our World Belongs to God, stanza 27)  Happy Ascension Day!

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