Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:1-12
The ascension is an important event in our Savior’s ministry. By it, God declared Christ’s earthly, incarnate ministry over – he would no longer be physically present. While it seems impossible, this would actually lead to “greater things” being done by his followers and the Church. This is because of the implications brought about by his ascension. First, Jesus ascension means that he is now at God’s right hand, the place of power and authority. This means that even now he rules over all – especially the Church. Second, Jesus ascension means (as noted previously) that he has finished doing all that was needed for our justification. He has done it all, so we need not think we need to do something to earn our salvation. Third, as a result of his ascension Jesus is now interceding for us before the throne of God – so we can have confidence we will be heard and that our sins will be forgiven. Fourth, because we know Jesus intercedes for us, we can come confidently and boldly before God, pouring out our hearts and desires. Finally, as a result of his ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit who now indwells and empowers his followers to carry out their witness to the world. These five implications (and there are others) should lead us to joy and worship!