NCC 51 – Of What Advantage to Us is Christ’s Ascension?

The following is an excerpt and summary of a blog post by Timothy Massaro entitled 7 Ways the Ascension of Christ Changes Everything. Read the full post HERE.

“An often-overlooked aspect of Christ’s work is the period after the Resurrection—what the church has called the Ascension. The Ascension is the specific rise of the Lord Jesus to the throne of authority at the right hand of God (Luke 24:13–51).

The church has all but forgotten this important day in redemptive history. Part of the reason it gets little attention is due to the fact we don’t really know why it was so essential to our salvation. As wonderful as the death and resurrection of Jesus are, our salvation would not be complete without the Ascension. The Bible itself says that this new reality is the anchor of our hope.

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 6:19-20).

The ascension is an image from the ancient world’s royal ceremonies. The new king would enter the throne room, the inner sanctum, in a spectacular procession. He began his session at the royal court by giving gifts and appointing governors over the realm. This language and imagery is the backdrop for much of the Bible. But why was it necessary for this to happen? What did it fulfill? Why is this the anchor of the soul?”

1. “The Ascension brings creation to its fulfillment.”

2. “The Ascension moves Christ’s work from one of humiliation to exaltation.”

3. “The Ascension was necessary for the giving of the Holy Spirit.”

4. “The Ascension gives us direct access to God.”

5. “The Ascension removes the devil from God’s courtroom.”

6. “The Ascension breaks the power of this present evil age.”

7. “The Ascension means sacrificial love is the way of the universe.”

Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.

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