As baptists, we tend not to observer feast days, or many of the holy days other than Christmas and Easter. But this day is the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Messiah. “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you–that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”
Without today, Jesus would be no more than Lazarus. A man who rose from the dead. But by ascending to heaven, Jesus completes his Earthly mission.
“Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
The glory of the ascension is the promise of Pentecost, coming up next week. The glory of the ascension is the promise of the birth of God’s church on Earth. The glory of the ascension is the promise of the coming of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.
Quote are from Luke Chapter 24.