Significance of Ascension Day threefold

Inspirational Insights with Pastor Theo Snyman

THE ascension of Christ, which took place 40 days after His resurrection, is recorded for us in Luke 24:50 and 51.

It says, “When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.”

Although Ascension Day is no longer a religious holiday in South Africa, the event has never lost its significance. Space allows me to mention only three matters of great importance.

Firstly, the Lord Jesus went to take His rightful place at the right hand of the Father in heaven. He is seated at the right hand of the Father in the “heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:20, 21). It is a place of absolute authority.

Secondly, He told His disciples that it was for their good that He was going away. I imagine they were incredulous, for how could His going away be of any benefit to them!

The Lord followed this statement by saying: “Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). So much can be said about the Holy Spirit who is still with us today.

Thirdly, the Lord said that He was going to prepare a place for His children. The indescribable beauty of this place is beyond human description. See 1 Corinthians 2:9. He said, “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3). Amen!

Quotations from New International Version


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