Readers Question / Comment -
What can we learn from the
ascension of Jesus into heaven?
A warm greeting to you all.
It is my deep longing to meet you all one
day. I have been teaching in Kenya in Word of Life (Phil.2:15). Also in the
prisons where I donate Bibles and goodies. Whenever I can be of any help to the
website you can write to me because many are going to see it all over!
you help me with insights about the ascension because I have to prepare that
(Acts. 1) and believe that there is truth that needs to be told. We are united
Awesome... sounds like you have a great ministry in Kenya. I
haven't written anything about the Acts 1 ascension on the website, but
thinking about it, here are some points. Hope some of them help.
it is obviously a great picture of His soon return at His 2nd Coming.
1:11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?
This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like
manner as you saw Him go into heaven."
The Believers Bible
Commentary puts down some of these comparisons writing:
Here we have a
clear promise of the Lord's Second Advent to set up His kingdom on the
earth. It is not the Rapture, but the coming to reign that is in view.
He ascended from the Mount of Olives (v. 12).
1b. He will return to the
Mount of Olives (Zec_14:4).
2. He ascended personally.
2b. He will
return personally (Mal_3:1).
3. He ascended visibly.
3b. He will
return visibly (Mat_24:30).
4. He was received up in a cloud (v. 9).
He will come on the clouds of heaven (Mat_24:30).
5. He ascended gloriously.
5b. He will return with great power and great glory (Mat_24:30).
are some interesting pointers with the cloud that received Him as well. I
don't think it is just talking about a normal cloud. Arno Gaebelin writes:
they saw Him ascending. What a sight it must have been! Their Lord was
“received into Glory.” Gradually in majestic silence He must have
been lifted out of their midst. Lovingly His eyes must have rested upon them,
while their eyes saw only Him. Then a cloud received Him out of their sight.
“And then a cloud took Him in (literal rendering) out of their
sight.” The cloud was not a common cloud of vapor, but the glory- cloud. It
was the cloud of glory which had filled Solomon’s temple, which so often in
Israel’s past history had appeared as an outward sign of Jehovah’s
presence. Then angels announced His coming in like manner. And thus He will come,
even back to the Mount of Olives (Zec_14:4).
J. Vernon McGee takes
the same line and has a nice comparison between the start and end of Jesus'
The ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ is an important
and significant miracle in the ministry of the Lord. This is especially true for
our space age when eyes are turned aloft and we are talking about travel in
space. Space travel isn't really new. The Lord Jesus took off, and He
didn't need a launching pad or a space suit or a missile.There was a cloud
to receive Him. What kind of a cloud was that? Was it a moisture cloud? No, this
was the same shekinah glory cloud that had filled the tabernacle. In His high
priestly prayer He had prayed: "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with
thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was"
(Joh_17:5). When He was born into this world, He was wrapped in swaddling
clothes. When He left this earth, He was wrapped in glory clouds. This is the way
He returned to the Father's right hand.
You could also focus
on the fact that we worship an ascended, glorified Lord. Not someone dead, not
someone gone, not someone now without power. We worship Jesus who ascended
visibly on high to the right hand of the Father, proving that He completed His
earthly work, had conquered death and has been given all authority.
to remember what Jesus spoke about his leaving/ascension back to heaven as well -
especially to the disciples before His death to comfort them. He said it was GOOD
that He was leaving. I like what somebody wrote regarding this:
the Ascension Jesus left the Here for the Everywhere;
He left the Time for
He left the First Century to fill All the Centuries."
John 14:28 You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to
you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said,  'I am
going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
this He said we should rejoice! He is going back to His Father - the place of
authority. It isn't an end to His ministry because He lives forever as our
High Priest (Heb 7:25).
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the
truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the
Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
points out that it is good that He is leaving so that the Holy Spirit can come!
That is what is emphasized above in the 'At the Ascension Jesus left the
Here for the Everywhere.' All believers can now posses the Spirit - the very
life of God! And that is why He came - I have come that you might have LIFE!
is also that He returned for other reasons. Jesus' ascension was the freeing
of captives and gifts for believers:
Eph 4:7 But to each one of us
grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: "When he
ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." (What
does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower,
earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all
the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
Not only that
but Jesus' ascension begins the preparation of our Heavenly Home! (John
14:1-3) This is the wonderful hope and future that we have to look forward to!
I hope there are some thoughts here that help.
May God Bless,