May13ThuMay 13, 2021
This week we count as “Ascension Sunday.” More precisely Ascension Day was last Thursday, May 13, 2021. Ascension Day is the fortieth day after Easter. In Luke 24 and Acts 1 we may read the story of how Jesus along with his followers went to the Mount of Olives after which Jesus ascended to heaven. Like many of the days marked by Christian Church, there are many layers of understanding for the meaning of this moment and its significance. In these times it is especially reassuring for us to emphasize the fact that we have in heaven someone who knows first-hand and by experience what it is like to be human, to face suffering and trials, to be tempted. It is this person who is praying for us and interceding on our behalf. That’s one reason to celebrate the Ascension. Another reason (or layer of understanding) to mark Ascension has to do with the reminder that the Risen One who has gone before us guarantees our own resurrection. Additionally, we find hope in the fact that we may accept the invitation in this life to set our hearts and minds “on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (Col.3:1-2) Finally, marking the Ascension of our Lord is a great way to connect the joy of Easter to the joy of Pentecost and the arrival of the fullness of the Spirit of God. (next week, May 23, 2021). - EGN
Below is the summary of teaching about the ascension found in Question and Answer 49 of the Heidelberg Catechism:
Q. How does Christ’s ascension to heaven benefit us?
A. First, he pleads our cause in heaven in the presence of his Father.
Second, we have our own flesh in heaven; a guarantee that Christ our head will take us, his members, to himself in heaven.
Third, he sends his Spirit to us on earth as a further guarantee. By the Spirit’s power we make the goal of our lives, not earthly things, but the things above where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.
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