Ascension Day

Today, the 39th day after Resurrection Sunday, is Ascension Day. Every aspect of Christ’s work (His birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, session, and return) is necessary for our salvation. I hope the following quotes offer both “light and heat” as to why the ascension of Christ matters. Michael Reeves wrote:

In the ascension, Christ was serving as the true high priest, taking the actual blood of his own sacrifice to the very throne of God. And ‘when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God’, his atoning work complete (Hebrews 10:12). Complete. Our firstborn brother in heaven, sitting down with nothing more to do with our sin. Finished. The unadulterated happy security it gives each and every believer in Christ… (Christ Our Life, pgs. 64-65, emphasis original)

Reeves continued:

And when our hearts are shackled and burdened, our great high priest still gives the dearest comfort. For there in heaven, filled with concern for the people he bled for, he pours out prayers into the ear of his loving Father. (pgs. 65-66)

He concluded:

I have a high priest who has atoned for me, and who on that basis prays for me with total assurance. When I am faithless, he is faithful; when I am weak, he is strong; and when I can’t even pray, he ‘is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us’ (Romans 8:34). Indeed, he lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25)! (pg. 66)

Of the ascended Christ, J.I. Packer wrote:

It is truly said that our Lord’s presence and life in heaven as the enthroned priest-king, our propitiation, so to speak, in person, is itself his intercession: just for him to be there guarantees all grace to us, and glory too. (Affirming the Apostles Creed, pg. 101)

Mark Jones wrote:

Jesus did not rise from the dead alone; he did not ascend alone; and he does not sit in glory alone. No, he rose, ascended, and sits as the husband of his bride. He took with him into glory all his people upon his breast, so that we are as secure as he is in the heavenly places. (Knowing Christ, pg. 169)

“…by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” –Ephesians 2:5b-6

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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