The disciples’ last sight of Jesus was with his arms outstretched in blessing and, in Acts 1:8, we read that his blessing was a promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit and a commission to be his witnesses throughout the earth. So the question arises in my mind - What is the significance of Christ’s ascension?
What does it mean for us today?
The bible gives us at least three answers.
In the first place, Jesus said in John 14:2-3 that he is going to prepare a place for us in his Father’s house. Christ’s ascension means that heaven is going to be specially prepared for you and me when we arrive. What a tremendous reassurance that is. What a wonderfully loving and caring Saviour we have!
Secondly, we read in 1 John 2:1 ‘I write these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’ Christ’s ascension means that he is pleading our case in the Court of Heaven. What an incentive, that is, to turn to Jesus in true repentance every time we sin, so that he can plead our cause through his blood, shed on our behalf.
Thirdly, Christ’s ascension means that He has assumed his rightful place at the right hand of God. In 1 Peter 3:22 we read that Jesus has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him. His is the ultimate authority over everything, so we can know that nothing in the world around us, however daunting or seemingly uncontrolled, is outside of his sovereign will and authority.
So let’s go into this week to witness for Him with a fresh glimpse of our ascended Lord, arms outstretched in blessing towards us, confident in his continuing love and care.