When you hear the word “Ascension,” what comes to mind? If you grew up in a church, maybe you’re thinking of a picture of Jesus rising to the heavens with his arms spread out, clouds in the background and the sun shining.
But if that wasn’t your context growing up, does the word “Ascension” bring anything to mind? Anything at all?
It’s not a word used all that often. Airplanes ascend. Of course there are athletes like Michael Jordan who once were cut from their High School Basketball teams and then ascended to global stardom. Kings and queens ascend to their thrones…
And I’m really grasping at straws on that last one… 😊 What’s the point? What’s the point of Jesus’ ascension.
In the Apostle Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus we have an oft overlooked, but awesome explanation of why Jesus' Ascension matters. In Ephesians 4:9, 10 God says, "What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe."
The fact that Jesus ascended into heaven means he first descended to live among us (Christmas!). And so Ascension is the capstone on our journey from manger to cross to empty tomb. Salvation is complete! Your sins are forgiven and you're at peace with your God.
Join us this Sunday to celebrate Jesus' Ascension!
Blessings on the long weekend,