Eastertide ~ Week of the Ascension

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Christ the King is ascended!

Psalm 47 Acts 1:1-11Ephesians 1:15-23Luke 24:44-53

Jesus’ ascension does not receive enough attention. On the surface, it simply seems as one way to move Jesus from this earthly realm of existence to that of the heavens. But, this is not what the Ascension teaches us. Instead, it reminds us of three important things:

1) as Christ goes away, the Holy Spirit descends. Whereas Jesus was present as one human person, the Holy Spirit can and does directly interact with every Christian and every church.

2) Christ is king. This is no small claim, after he was raised from the dead, Jesus returned to the Father and now sits at his right hand. That is, he sits in a position of authority as Lord over all. Jesus’s kingship is universal. He is King over the church, King over all creation, and King of the universe.

3) Christ’s humanity remains with him as King and in the heavens. This last point is also often overlooked. Jesus’ humanity was not lost in the crucifixion but it was made even more present in Christ’s resurrection. Now, in the heavens, Jesus humanity and his divinity are uniquely joined. Upon the throne, sits the Son of God, human and divine.

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Paul Hill