Does the Ascension Matter?

Since few church’s have Ascension Worship, one may well come to the conclusion the it’s not really a big deal.  I was speaking with a pastor the other day and asked him his congregation was going to have an Ascension worship service and his response was; “Our people don’t come out for services like that during the week.  So given that so many congregations don’t have Ascension Day worship and many pastor wonldn’t think of planning one, perhaps the Ascension of Our Lord is not something we should be too concern about nor worship on Ascension Day.

 

Why even have Ascension Day worship?  Because it’s a “Feast Day” and we always have worship on those days?  Well it of course is found on the Church’s Calendar every year forty days after Easter.  The Bible tells us that forty days after Easter Jesus “led His disciples as far as Bethany” and then ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50).    So it is an important event in the life of our Lord, and therefore many Churches do have Ascension Day worship.

 

We confess in the creeds that Christ ascended into heaven and sits at the “right hand of God.”  We might say that our Lord who became our brother has been promoted.  The one who rules heaven and earth is one of us – a member our family and as the writer of Hebrews reminds us, He knows our problems and can relate to what we are going through (Hebrews 4:15).  As He sits on the throne of glory in heaven, the Bible says that Jesus is interceding  for us.  He is on our side and that’s a good thing!

 

It doesn’t take much observation in this world to see the results of sin – even in our own lives. Without Christ our future would bleak.  But we have someone who not only died for the sins of the world, we now have someone who can get us into eternal glory.  He is a part of the Holy Trinity.  He has power and influence.  He has paved the way for us to get into heaven.  And that means much better days are ahead.   Now goals can be reached because the one who provides “every good and perfect gift” is on our side – He’s working for us – He’s speaking up for us!

 

So the future looks bright!  Heaven’s door is open for us.  Christ is there waiting for us.  That deserves a celebration!  That’s why we worship on Ascension Day!

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