18 April 2020

Believers remember the Lord Jesus on Good Friday and Easter, commemorating His death and resurrection. But we need to remember also that after the resurrection comes the ascension of Jesus when He was raised and seated at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly places.

Meditating on the meaning and implications of the ascension of Jesus can be very enriching and beneficial for believers; the ascension of Jesus also involves us being raised up with Him and spiritually seated with Him in the same heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Ponder over the following passages:-

“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope in which He has called you, what are the riches of HIs glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of HIs power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at HIs right hand in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age abut also the one to come (Ephesians 1:18-21).

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with Him and seated with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 4-7).

In the first passage, Paul’s prayer is that the believers may know the hope of their calling, the riches of their inheritance and the immeasurable greatness of God’s power toward them; in particular in looking at Jesus’ ascension, notice that this power is similar in terms of its might to that which God exercised in raising Jesus from the dead and unto glory, seating Him at the Father’s right hand in the heavenly places and putting all authority, dominion and power in this age and the age to come under His Son’s rule and subject to His authority. Such a power is described as immeasurable – no power can raise a man in resurrection and in addition to exalt this man to be in authority with God in heaven – unless such a man is the God-Man and the power is one not in this world or in the universe – the power of God almighty!

Lo and behold! This same power, exercised in great love, mercy and grace towards us sinners, made us alive in Christ and raised us up with Christ and seated us in Christ and with Him, in the heavenly places. This is exactly what happened when we were ‘born again’ when the power of God exercised by the Holy Spirit regenerated us and made us alive; we are a new creation and we are united with Christ in union with Him so that in Him, we ‘died’ at the cross and in Him, we are ‘raised’ and in Him, we are seated in the heavenly places. Remember that we are in the transition of ‘already’ and ‘not yet’; we already are saved, yet we are being saved and we will be completely saved when Christ comes again. Similarly, our union with Christ has been accomplished but it will be consummated in the new heaven and new earth when we would share His glory and rule with Him. What a tremendous and wonderful calling we have in Christ!!

What does the ascension mean then for the Son of God?
Firstly, it was the restoration of the glory that the Son had before the incarnation and the start of a reign that had not previously been exercised in this form. The Son’s ascension means that He went up to the place of power and authority pictured as a throne at the Father’s right hand.

In this position,l the Son is accessible to all who call upon Him and He is able and powerful to help them anywhere in the world.

On His throne at the right hand of the Father, He intercedes for His people – He intervenes on our behalf, sends His Spirit to enrich us and to equip us for service (Romans 8:34;Hebrews 7:25; John 16:7-14),

Surely, we must celebrate Jesus’ ascension and affirm His lordship – He is indeed master of the universe and best of all, we are in union with Him! Do we truly appreciate our high calling and privilege in Christ? is this appreciation seen in the way we live our lives as believers?