THE ASCENSION OF JESUS

Scripture Reading:  Acts 1:9-11

“And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9)

Jesus had completed His mission on earth.  He had accomplished salvation for His people and He had given them His last orders before returning to His Father:  “You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (v. 8b).  After saying those words, “He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.”

The cloud was a manifestation of the glory of God.  It was the same cloud that led the people of God during their wilderness experience (Exodus 14:19) and the same cloud that covered the tent of meeting when the glory of God filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34).  Can you imagine how the disciples felt when they saw this?  They were speechless, staring up into the heavens.

Then two angels appeared to them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” (v. 11).  They made it clear that Jesus will come again in bodily form and upon the clouds of heaven.  In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus describes what it will be like:  “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

After Jesus ascended into heaven, He was seated at the right hand of God:  “So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19).  It is from the right hand of God that Jesus makes continual intercession for us:  “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Lord Jesus Christ, I know You ascended into heaven and are now seated at the right hand of God, where You are making intercession for me.  What peace it gives me to know that You continually plead my case before the Father as my High Priest.  And I know that You are coming again in glory as Judge of all.  Thank you for saving me and for Your intercessory work on my behalf.

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