If you come from a more liturgical church background, you may be aware that this past Thursday was Ascension Day (40 days after the Resurrection, Easter Sunday). Ascension Day, or “Holy Thursday,” is when Jesus ascended to His Father in glory. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, having accomplished redemption through His blood, awaiting the day when His enemies are made to become His footstool, and from whence He shall return to judge the living and the dead. And at the Father’s right hand, Jesus makes intercession for the saints—for each one of us.
Luke tells us about the Ascension in Acts 1:6–11:
So when they had come together, they asked him, ̔Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them, ̔It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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.’ And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said,
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
How wonderful it is to know that our crucified and risen Christ is ascended on high with all power and authority, and is soon coming to take us to Himself and set all things to rights!
Happy Ascension Day!
We are loved, more than we know.