Today is Ascension Sunday, it has been just over 40 days since Resurrection Day. Many of the Reformers in reforming the church calendar threw out all Rome’s saints days, but those same Reformers kept 5 holy days. Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension day, and Pentecost. We celebrate Pentecost next Sunday morning with others from our presbytery.
For today, Ascension day is on par with Christmas and Easter, notice, because it is part of Christ’s work for us.
Christ's ascension shows us three things. First, Jesus has a unique position, at the right hand of the Father. He alone is head of the church, and we look more at that in the sermon later. Second, it shows His inauguration as our king. When the apostles consider the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, they quote Psalms 2 and 110, where Jesus is installed as king and invited to rule. And third, it shows His intercession for us. The cross showed Jesus’ sacrifice for us; the resurrection showed God’s pleasure with Jesus. If Jesus has atoned for us and He pleases the Father, and now has /returned/ to the Father, how can God be against us anymore?
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”