Today is the recognition and celebration of the Ascension of our Lord. Each year the Church Calendar marks the fortieth day after Easter when Jesus ascended to heaven in full view of the disciples’ wide eyes. Unlike Christmas and Easter, the Ascension is quite often overlooked by the church. Yet, it has profound theological significance and is a redemptive event as much as any in the life of Christ.
The Ascension of our Lord means that Jesus is indeed King over all creation, exalted above the earth and its inhabitants. Since Jesus is ascended, glorified, and exalted, Christians have the confident hope that he will return and that they will experience bodily resurrection along with him. During the interim, our Lord is busy interceding for us at the right hand of the Father, attentive to our prayers and our earthly situation. We are neither alone, nor without help.
Christ’s Ascension also means that Pentecost is right around the corner, when the power of our risen Lord will come upon every believer for service and living the Christian life. The appropriate response to this special day is to rejoice and to submit; we can celebrate the reality that King Jesus is Lord of all, and we can humbly give our hearts to Christ’s gracious and benevolent rule in our lives. So, we continue to pray that God’s kingdom will come and his will be done here and now because Jesus Christ has ascended to heaven.
King Jesus, I recognize and celebrate your powerful and merciful rule over your creation. Help me to so know your gracious leadership that in everything I say and do Jesus is exalted and glorified. Thank you for this great grace to me in making it possible to participate with you in your kingdom. Amen.