Jesus’ ascension into heaven proved that his sacrifice on the cross for us, really truly was perfect. All glory, authority, and power was returned to Jesus, who is now seated at His Father’s right hand. It is encouraging for us to know that Jesus physical body, our very flesh and blood, is in heaven. Jesus promises to return to bring us to where He is!

Three important things to consider: 1. Christ’s ascendancy. Jesus rules on the Father’s behalf. We observe something similar with Joseph, when he served under Pharaoh. For us, this requires us to acknowledge Jesus’ lordship over every aspect of creation, over us! 2. Christ’s Spiritual Omnipresence. Jesus is available to everyone, anywhere. He is attentive to our prayers, and he knows, he really knows what life is like, bad and good. 3 Christ’s heavenly ministry. Jesus, our reigning Lord, intercedes for us with the Father, he continually pleads on our behalf and serves us as our advocate. Jesus, together with God the Father, sends God the Holy Spirit so that we can continue to do the work the Father sent him to do. We will do even greater things than he did—because the Holy Spirit works in and through all of us!

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Readings

            “He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.”

Ephesians 4:10  NIV

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Sunday

Luke 24:44-53

Ephesians 1:18-23

1 Peter 3:22

Hebrews 4:14-16

Ephesians 4:8-13

Matthew 28:18-20

Acts 2:1-21

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. How does this account of Jesus’ ascension differ from the other accounts (Mark 16:19-20; Acts 1:1-1)?
  2. What is the significance of Jesus being seated at God’s right hand? What impact does that have on us, as indicated in Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1?
  3. Everything is under Jesus’ authority, angels, authorities and powers submit to him; how hard is it for us to submit to him?
  4. How does knowing Jesus is in heaven comfort us?
  5. What does Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, equip us to do?
  6. Pastor Paul mentioned that we don’t retire from doing the Lord’s work. Nor should we think that we can wait to do the Lord’s work later in life. What is the essence then of Matthew 28:19-20?
  7. Prepare your heart and mind for Sunday. Read through the passage before the service starts, pray for Pastor Paul, for the worship leaders, for the tech team, servers, security, Sunday school and nursery attendants, that all together we might worship God in spirit and in truth!