Today, in liturgy, is Ascension Day. For forty days we have walked with the risen Savior. The ascension of Christ is an event that can sometimes go unnoticed. I suspect that this is partly because it occurs of a Thursday – the fortieth day from Resurrection Sunday. However, it is a pivotal event in the Gospel story. The death and resurrection of Christ is intricately connected to His ascension.
The ascension was significant for the apostolic eyewitnesses. His ascension speaks to His exaltation. It is the bodily corroboration of their theological conviction of the exaltation of Jesus Christ to the right hand of the Father. It is sometimes seen as the crowning of the Easter Festival.
Have you ever wondered what our faith and salvation might look like without Christ’s exaltation?
Anyone who has lived the life of faith on earth knows where the rubber meets the road. We are saved, yet we know there is still ongoing work in us while our life on earth continues. Work that leads up the complete redemption of us and of all things. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way:
We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary. On our behalf Jesus has gone in there before us and has become a high priest forever…” (Heb 6:19-20, GNT)
Sometimes our own picture of ourselves does not yet look like pure gold. We feel downcast and burdened. Weak and frightened. Confused and discouraged. Severely tempted. And our heart cries out for a High Priest – a Voice who gets it. If only that Voice can speak up for us in the chambers that matter!
The Lord, who came and became as one of us, has ascended to the Father – with us as His key agenda in God’s presence. Christ has risen and ascended! Alleluia!
Please note that due to the intermittent nature of summer schedules, Pastoral Reflections will take a break from now until September.
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