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Ascension Day May 25, 2017

Today, May 25, 2017, we commemorate the day on which Jesus ascended to heaven after being on earth for 40 days after His resurrection. It is an important part of His ministry, an event of which we confess our belief, in the second article of the Apostle's Creed.
I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

Luke 24:44-53

Today as we reflect on the truth of the Ascension of Jesus, we are reminded that Jesus reigns over all creation, without exception and it is His longing that He would reign in our hearts and the hearts all our descendants. He established His kingdom of grace through entering into the human race, took our sin guilt and debt upon Himself, took our death, and was raised from the dead on Easter morning. He ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection. He left us his church with call to shout out the Good News that God has forgiven them through Jesus and that they must come to the awareness of their sin and to know and to receive His gracious and merciful forgiveness of their sin.

Just why is the Ascension of Jesus important for us and to us?

1. It establishes Jesus as the reigning king over all powers in all ages.
2. It gives us access to Gods throne for mercy and grace.
3. It provides an Advocate on earth whose presence is limitless.
4. It gives us the spoils of Christs victory, gifted leaders and spiritual gifts.
5. It keeps us longing for His return.

1. It establishes Jesus as the reigning king over all powers in all ages.
Ephesians 1:20.21 speaks of the power God exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. Further, we have been coseated with him in the heavenly realms in Jesus Christ(Eph. 2:6.7

Jesus Christ did not ascend spiritually, leaving behind his body and world history; rather he ascended in the flesh, opening up space within history for the in-breaking of the powers of the age to come.

For this reason, Paul summons us to stand against Satans schemes (Eph. 6:11). It is the Lords power that makes this possible (Eph. 6:10) a power we can access as believers seated in the heavenly realms with our ascended King. We need this power since the problems we face appear to be human conflicts, but are ultimately struggles with the forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12).


1. It establishes Jesus as the reigning king over all powers in all ages.

2. It gives us access to Gods throne for mercy and grace.
In Jesus we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens (Heb. 4:14). Passed through the heavens, is the ascension language; Jesus passed through the heavens to be seated at the Fathers right hand (Heb. 1:3).

What is the result? We can now draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). Whether we are battling cancer, bitterness, betrayal, pride, or discouragement, we can pray with confidence because of our ascended Lord who intercedes for us.

1. It establishes Jesus as the reigning king over all powers in all ages.
2. It gives us access to Gods throne for mercy and grace.

3. It provides an Advocate on earth whose presence is limitless.

The night before he was crucified, Jesus promised his disciples that he would ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth (John 14:16.17). Later, he returns to this theme: But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7).

What advantage would this create for the disciples? They followed and loved Jesus. Why would they want him to leave so the Spirit could come? The answer is simple, yet profound. The incarnate Jesus was limited by space and time. He could not be with each one of his followers at once.. If he had stayed on earth, he could not have been there simultaneously for Peter in Rome and John on the island of Patmos. But the Holy Spirit can. His empowering presence is available to all followers of Jesus everywhere at the same time.


1. It establishes Jesus as the reigning king over all powers in all ages.
2. It gives us access to Gods throne for mercy and grace.
3. It provides an Advocate on earth whose presence is limitless.

4. It gives us the spoils of Christs victory, gifted leaders and spiritual gifts.

In Ephesians 4:7 to 12, Paul connects the grace we have received with the ascension. This grace refers to spiritual gifts Paul describes elsewhere (see 1 Cor. 12) and to the gifted ministers of the Word (Eph. 4:11).
Paul makes the connection by quoting Psalm 68:18, a description of Gods triumphal ascension to his throne after leading his people out of Egypt and into Canaan. Acting in the role of God himself in Psalm 68:17 to 18, Christ had triumphed over the cosmic forces arrayed against Gods people.

Then, from his lofty position at Gods right hand, Christ distributes gifts to Gods people to equip and mature them. So we share in Christs heavenly triumph, not by imitating his ascension but by receiving its benefits, specifically the gifts and gifted leaders needed for building up the church in unity and maturity.

1. It establishes Jesus as the reigning king over all powers in all ages.
2. It gives us access to Gods throne for mercy and grace.
3. It provides an Advocate on earth whose presence is limitless.
4. It gives us the spoils of Christs victory, gifted leaders and spiritual gifts.

5. It keeps us longing for His return

At the ascension of Jesus, the two angels declared: 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 1:11). The ascension creates a longing for the return of Jesus. It reminds us his reign is already but yet not yet.Though presently seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Heb. 1:3), Jesus will return to establish his kingdom in fullness and put his enemies under his feet (1 Cor. 15:24 to 27).

It iss no wonder we are longing for the return of our King! When Jesus descends in the way he ascended, the bad times will be over for good, the darkness will lift, and everything sad will at last come untrue.

Now you know why Jesus disappeared. His ascension was not merely an exclamation point at the end of the resurrection; it provided his followers with power, grace, mercy, presence, gifts, and anticipation enabling them to advance his mission.

What It Means for Our Lives

Though often overlooked, the ascension completes the earthly mission of Jesus and signifies his enthronement as heavenly king. Jesus has completed his Fathers mission and he now rules with all authority and intercedes with all sympathy as our mediator and high priest. Here are four implications of the ascension of Jesus for our lives.

1. Remember that Jesus is presently reigning as king and remains active and engaged in our world and our lives.

2. Therefore live boldly, confidently, and strategically as servants of the exalted king of heaven. Know that your labors in the Lord Jesus are not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

3. Sufferers, take heart that Jesus is not indifferent to your struggle. He has endured great suffering and is thus the most merciful and sympathetic counselor and mediator. Take your cares to your ascended Lord who hears your prayers and can respond with all heavens authority.

4. Finally hope in a glorious future. The ascended Lord will return as judge and king. He will abolish injustice, end suffering, and destroy death and set up his kingdom of truth, righteousness and love. Best of all, we will be with our king forever
Posted on 25 May 2017 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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