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In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. [1]

Acts 1:1-3

Jesus is now in heaven sitting at the right hand of God. This is central to our faith and believe. Jesus came to earth, died for us, was physically raised from the dead in a incorruptible resurrected body AND He is now in control.

God has given everything over to Jesus.

  • Do we believe this?
  • Does our daily life reflect that fact?
  • Do we allow our actions to reflect it?

The Ascension of Jesus the Messiah is meaningful for several reasons:

  1. It signaled the end of His earthly ministry. God the Father had lovingly sent His Son into the world at Bethlehem, and now the Son was returning to the Father. The period of human limitation was at an end.
  2. It signified success in His earthly work. All that He had come to do, He had accomplished.
  3. It marked the return of His heavenly glory. Jesus’ glory had been veiled during His sojourn on earth, with one brief exception at the Transfiguration.
  4. It symbolized His exaltation by the Father. The One with whom the Father is well pleased was received up in honor and given a name above all names.
  5. It allowed Him to prepare a place for us.
  6. It indicated the beginning of His new work as High Priest and Mediator of the New Covenant.
  7. It set the pattern for His return. When Jesus comes to set up the Kingdom, He will return just as He left-literally, bodily, and visibly in the clouds.

Currently, the Messiah Jesus is in heaven. The Scriptures frequently picture Him at the right hand of the Father-a position of honor and authority. Jesus is the Head of the Church, the giver of spiritual gifts, and the One who fills all in all.

that he worked in the Messiah [Christ] when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. [2]

Ephesians 1:20–23

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ac 1:1–3). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Eph 1:20–23). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.