He is revealed within His cross; death; resurrection; ascension; glorification: We need to realise that there is a Man in heaven sitting on the throne of God, and that man is Christ Jesus the Lord, the head of the Church.
It may take a day or a month, I do not know how long, but I do know that when any child of God will believe and begin to express that faith in thanksgiving, day by day thanking Him for the fact which one may not yet have experienced, the Holy Spirit will lead that one into a glorious personal realization of his identification with the Lord Jesus in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. -L.L.L.
It is a great thing to have the consciousness that we are bound up with Him there in heavenly glory, and to know that we are with Him in that sphere of ascension to participate in all that constitutes His life in that blessed circle of love and glory where He lives unto the Father.
Most do not go beyond His resurrection; they do not extend to His ascension.
His death, resurrection and ascension translated the believer from his own side to His side, so that as He is so are we in this world; and according as we are at full rest about ourselves, we are occupied with Him who has set us free for fellowship. -J.B.S.
What a promise to rest your weary soul upon. This assurance was given to the confused disciples at the ascension of their Lord. The understanding of this difficult saying was later given to the apostle Paul: lo I am with you always..
Intimate or Afar
Not to know the Lord in this capacity is not to know Him as all. Not to know as the Son of God’s love is to miss out on intimacy with Him. We may be quite familiar with the facts of Christ’s life – His birth in Bethlehem; His marvellous miracles; His ascension from Olivet.
If ministers and teachers of God's Word would set saints free and establish them in the Gospel, let their preaching and teaching be based upon the sixth and seventh of Romans, the central theme of which is our union with the Lord Jesus in death and burial; and our resurrection and ascension with Him into newness of life; where not the law, but grace, reigneth; where not the letter but the Spirit, moveth the heart and life of the believer.
The great work of the Lord Jesus was wrought on the Cross to bring us to the Father; His death and His Blood, His ascension and sitting on the Throne; all mean one thing - our being brought nigh to dwell in the Father's presence.
The believer shares the Lord Jesus' Cross knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him' Rom. 6:6); His death:- ye died and your life is hid with Christ in God' Col. 3:3); His burial:- we were buried with him by baptism into death' Rom. 6:4); His resurrection:- as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we' Rom. 6:4); His ascension:- made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus' Eph. 2:6). -F.J.H.
Not the theological Christ; not the doctrinal Christ; not the Christ of the letter, much less the Jesus of history; but the Christ of eternity in all the meaning of His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into the Throne of God revealed in the heart by the Holy Spirit.
In chapter 1 it summarises the gospel of Luke and Christ’s ascension into heaven. It also confirms the certainty of the resurrection and its many infallible proofs. It reviews the final instructions that the Lord Jesus gave before His ascension. It details the topic about which Christ spoke to His followers – the kingdom of God.
God purposed in His plan that Christ must first come to save His people from their sin, through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, BEFORE He could smash in pieces the kingdoms of this world system.
But after the Cross... at the close of His earthly sojourn, with its humiliation and sufferings, came Christ's resurrection, ascension, and glorification, and with it came 'an eternal weight of glory'.
The prophets of old did not see the twin-peaks of Calvary and His second coming, with the church dispensation nestling between these two majestic peaks (which stretch from the Cross to His second coming and Kingdom rule) - which was why the disciples asked the Lord before His ascension - will You at this time set up Your kingdom?
Just as the angels at the tomb had to remind these men of things Christ told them while He was still with them, so also the two men in white at His ascension, had to remind them of Scriptural truths as they beheld Jesus being lifted up and watched in amazement as a cloud received Him out of their sight.
Just as Christ's first coming began with His birth at Bethlehem and ended with His ascension into heaven, so the Rapture of the Church and the return of Christ to the Mount of Olives stand as two bookmarks, at the beginning and the end of Christ's second advent.
Just before His ascension the Lord gave the Church their great commission, to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The commission Christ gave His own disciples at His ascension was not simply a call to evangelize the lost (who certainly need to learn about God’s free gift of Salvation through Christ, so that they can trust Him as Saviour) - but it is equally a call for all believers to learn of Christ and to keep on learning of Him throughout their whole life, and even to become teachers of Christ as we grow in our Christian life.
The suffering of God's chosen Servant was well documented in the Scripture as was His glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, for it was foretold by prophets of old including Israel's great patriarch - King David.
Not only were the apostles; among the many eye-witnesses of the resurrected Christ during those 40 days between His resurrection and ascension..
The cross must have appeared to be a huge success to Satan's evil forces but is was short-lived, for by means of His death, resurrection and ascension Christ was enabled to proclaim: Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
Christ's sacrificial death, glorious resurrection and triumphant ascension into heavenly places, disarmed the principalities and powers of darkness; destroying the one with power over death and dismantling Satan's armies of all their powers - and we are called to watch, pray, resist the devil and keep our eyes on Jesus - knowing that Satan is already a defeated enemy.
Unlike the rest of Christ’s apostles, who walked with Jesus throughout His earthly ministry, Paul was called to be God’s apostle to the Gentiles, following the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His ascension into heaven.
He described the soldiers gambling for His garments, prophesied of the Messiah's resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, and Him sitting on the right hand of the Father, as it was written..
For ten days the disciples had been without the Lord Jesus, since His ascension into heaven, following His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection from the dead.
John the Baptist was the first to testify that Jesus would baptise with the Holy Spirit, and on that last meeting before His ascension, the Lord explained that this baptism of the Holy Spirit was not many days away. John's pre-cross baptism was a baptism of repentance.. with water, but Christ was to baptise with the Holy Spirit, and moments before He ascended He reminded them: but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit, not many days from now.
Jesus came to fulfil the Law, and the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth, was the historical marker that changed the priesthood and displaced the Law of Moses by ending the Dispensation of Law, and beginning the Dispensation of the Grace of God.
at the right time when the fledgling church was birthed - and those present were all baptized with the Holy Spirit, as promised by the Lord Jesus Himself at His ascension - for He had promised they would all be filled with the Holy Spirit: not many days from now.
Christ was the perfect Man and His legitimacy was endorsed or justified at His baptism; His transfiguration; His resurrection and His ascension.
The mystery of godliness, where the resurrected life of Christ is manifested in the life of godly leaders and spiritual believers will always stand secure on the glorious truths of the death, burial, resurrection, ascension and glorification of Jesus Christ. Paul equates correct doctrine and godly behaviour as two vital components in the life of all Christian leaders and spiritual believers.
Jesus came to earth as our holy Comforter, but following His ascension into heaven, where He acts as the Churches Mediator and great High Priest, He asked the Father to send another Comforter to the Church - to be with us forever - One that would comfort us just like He did, One Who would come alongside God's people to aid and assist, to comfort and intercede.
It was this same apostle, who felt the tender touch of Christ's gracious hand of forgiveness upon him, when He said to His distraught disciple: 'feed my lambs' - on that memorable day, before His ascension into the heaven of heavens, where He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Before the death of Christ, God was working through the Jewish nation to forward His redemption plan, but following His resurrection and ascension, God set Israel aside for a season and began a new work through the Church - the Body of Christ.
Such apostate teachers with their heretical doctrines always insist that salvation requires something to be added to the Cross - that man must engage in some meritorious work, other than simply believing in the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, for their salvation.
Other areas included Christ's rejection and suffering, His death and resurrection, His ascension and glorification, the Rapture of the Church, the great and terrible 'Day of the Lord', His coming again, and our blessed hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Following Christ's death, resurrection, ascension and glorification we discover the murderous Saul of Tarsus being selected for a unique ministry by the Lord Jesus Himself, which he describes as; the dispensation of the grace of God.
The wonderful story of redemption is picked up by Peter following the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus - when the promised Holy Spirit was sent from heaven to indwell and empower all who believe.
and rejoiced because of all that occurred at Christ's resurrection, ascension, glorification and exaltation to the right hand of God.
Christ was clearly identified as the seed of David according to the flesh, but He was also to be identified as the Son of the Most High God according to the Spirit, as evidenced through His supernatural Resurrection from the dead and Ascension into heaven.
His incarnation and unique birth; His tests and temptations; His sinless life and obedient death – His resurrection, ascension, glorification and exultation are all aspects of the person of Christ and you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
The Resurrection of Christ from the grave is the most compelling sign He could have given to these disbelieving Jews, and a few were brought to faith following His Resurrection and Ascension into heaven.
Christ's slow, ascension into heaven, where He was enveloped by the Shekinah glory of God, as He returned to the Father, would call to mind His recent promise that He must go away but would return, to take them to be with Himself in glory.
However glorious this precious picture of His ascension is to us – we too have a time of hopeful expectation on which to train the eyes of our hearts – for this same Jesus, Who was taken from that little company into heaven, will come to meet us in clouds, at the end of the Church Age.
The hope that was placed into the hearts of the disciples on that wondrous ascension morning, kept the hope of their Lord’s return alive in their hearts, for the rest of their difficult lives, knowing that one day their Lord would return in like manner to take them to be with Himself - for we are not appointed to the wrath that will be poured out during the Great Tribulation.
Throughout Mark 13, Jesus addresses issues connected with the end times, and from other passages we understand that the 'end times' or 'last days' started in the times of the disciples, with Christ's death, burial, Resurrection, and Ascension and will continue until His Second Coming to set up His earthly kingdom.
Although He was rejected by His people and His enthronement and kingdom reign was postponed, Christ was appointed God's King-Priest following His ascension where He was rewarded with the pledge, You are My Son; TODAY I have become Your Father.
Christ is not only the First-fruit from the dead, assuring all who believe in Him will also be physically resurrected... but His entrance into the heavenly realm following His ascension, prefigures our own thrilling access into the holy place of God and our promised heavenly inheritance.
And so as the time for His ascension drew ever closer and His disciples were to take full responsibility to carry on the work that Lord Jesus had started, He said to them once again: Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you...
Although written by David, this Messianic psalm makes clear reference to the resurrection of Christ and His glorious ascension into heaven, where at this very moment He is seated in heavenly places - on the very throne of God.
In the midst of the assembly, I will praise You. This Messianic prophecy, penned by David, was beautifully fulfilled by Christ through His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and identification with all who believe on His name.
For much of His ministry the Lord Jesus was teaching the gospel of the kingdom to none but the lost sheep of the house or Israel, but as the animosity and hatred towards their promised Messiah became increasingly evident among the Jewish leaders, Jesus began to prepare His little band of disciples for the significant changes that were about to take place after His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.
He used three ways to prove that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the living God - His miracles, His Resurrection, and His Ascension into heaven.
The miracles Christ performed, His sacrificial death, His glorious Resurrection, and His Ascension into heaven to sit on the right hand of God the Father, are a few of the prophecies within Peter's sermon, when he quoted David's words about Christ - that God would not abandon His soul to Hades, nor would He allow Christ Jesus, the Holy One of God, to decay in the grave.