The Ascension

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Today is the Feast of the Ascension. I only really became aware of the signifagnce of the the day last year when, at Reconciler, Tripp gave this sermon.

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.

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3 responses to “The Ascension

  • slow32979

    Nice post, a bit of an over simplification in your assessment of how Ascension makes Jesus unique from Lazarus.

    Also, in most of North and South American, Ascension’s celebration is moved to the Sunday before Pentecost. This was done so that more people could be present and celebrate this significant commemoration of the Lord.

  • celticwander

    Thanks for the comment. I know it is an oversimplification, but I was trying to make a point of how important this day is in the life of the church.

    True the Ascension is observed in many churches the Sunday before Pentecost, but today is the actual feast day.

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