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ASCENDED/ASCENSION

Posted by pastorsloan on April 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The word today is ascended or ascension.  This comes from Acts 1:6-11


So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, jwill you at this time krestore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 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.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, the was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will acome in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”


The ascension of Christ refers to that day when Christ, after having been resurrected from the dead and spent several days with the disciples, "in the sight of His disciples, was taken up from the earth into heaven,and continues there in our behalf until He shall come again to judge the living and the dead." (Heidelberg 46)


It is good thing that Christ has ascended to the father. First, He is pleads for us and defends us in the presence of His Father in heaven. Second, because He is there in the flesh we know that we will be there one day in renewed flesh just like Jesus.  Third, for ther He sent us His Spirit as an pledge, by whose power we seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God, and not things on the earth. (Heidelberg 49, paraphrased)


 

Let us be grateful for the ascended Christ, and look forward to His coming again.

 


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