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Celebrating Jesus’ Ascension

Celebrating Jesus’ Ascension

Christ Jesus, victorious over every enemy, has ascended to heaven! He returns to the Father, taking with him as “captives” the hearts of those who love him. 

All power and authority in heaven and earth now belong to him. Can you imagine the joy of the whole heavenly court as they welcome Jesus home? Can you picture all of them bowing low, acknowledging him as their valiant King of Glory?

Jesus, the man of sorrows acquainted with such grief; Jesus, beaten, scourged, and put to death; Jesus, mocked as a false prophet, ridiculed as a fake king, taunted as a powerless priest, has been vindicated! And now that he is enthroned, he seeks to share his victory with his people. He has brought with him into glory that same human nature that was humbled to death. And in so doing, he has raised up all of human nature and made it capable of intimate and eternal communion with God.

How should we honor this day? By lifting up our hearts and our voices. By proclaiming that the gates of heaven are open and that we can approach God confidently to receive all the grace we need. Jesus may have left us, but he will never stop caring for us. He is constantly pouring out his love and offering us abundant gifts that will build his church.

St. Augustine once said: “Our Lord ascends to heaven, let our hearts ascend with him.” Scripture offers the same advice: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).

So on this great and glorious day, let the Lord bring you into his throne room. Let your voice join with all the angels and saints in the praise, worship, and adoration that will go on for all eternity!

O Jesus, slain for our sins, you are now King of kings and Lord of lords. We love you and adore you.

For Prayer and Reflection

1. In your imagination, picture yourself with the heavenly hosts as they welcome Jesus home at the ascension. How free do you feel to join in this chorus of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord?

2. Now that he is enthroned, Jesus wants to share his victory with all of us. Is there an area in your life where you feel defeated and need to know the power of Jesus’ victory?

3. Jesus now lives to continually make intercession for his people (see Hebrews 7:25; 9:24). Is there someone you especially want to pray for today? Imagine yourself bringing that person before Jesus and asking him to intercede on their behalf.

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