Ascension Day – The King Ascends to His Throne

by Nick Lotter on May 9, 2013

Ascension DayToday, Ascension Day, marks 40 days since the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is the day that Jesus ascended in a cloud to Heaven while the shocked and amazed disciples looked on (Acts 1:9).

Scripture tells us that Jesus died on the cross on a Friday, had His lifeless body laid in a tomb, and then was raised from the dead on the 3rd day (Sunday), proving that He is indeed the Son of God. Jesus then appeared to the disciples in bodily form and spent 40 days with them, ministering to them until the time came for Him to ascend to Heaven and be seated at the right hand of His Father.

In ten days, we will be celebrating the day of Pentecost, which is the day that the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples (Acts 2:1-4). For today, I want to focus on the ascension of Christ. What does it all mean? Why do we celebrate it? What is the significance of Jesus Christ ascending to Heaven?

Ascension Day: What Is The Significance?

In his article titled The Outrageous Claim of the Ascension, John Piper writes:

The ascension reminds us that Christianity is not only an historical faith, but a faith of the present and future. Jesus is, right now, in glorified humanity on the throne of the universe, wielding as the God-man “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). He is not just our suffering servant who came and died and rose triumphant, but our actively ruling, actively conquering king.

Here are three insights I have learned about the significance of the ascension and what it means to us today.

Jesus is the King of the Universe

Most of the recent news coming out of the United States of America tells a story of a nation that is more a nation at war with God than one nation under God. They are not alone. Many countries are turning away from the will of God and have legalized gay marriage and abortion while persecuting any Christian who speaks against ungodliness. Yet despite the world’s ignorance of God and animosity toward God, Jesus Christ is right now seated on the throne and is ruling over us in perfect sovereignty. In His perfect timing, He is bringing His enemies under His feet (1 Corinthians 15:25-27; Ephesians 1:20-22; Hebrews 2:7-8). Though His rule is mostly not recognized by the world’s leaders, Jesus is reigning today and bringing everything into subjection under His feet.

Ascension Day

Jesus is Our Mediator


1 Timothy 2:5
 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 

Jesus’ death and resurrection secured our forgiveness, justification and reconciliation with God (Romans 4:25–5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:18–21). Now, the Lord Jesus is seated on the throne, interceding for His people as our high priest and advocate (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 1:3;7:25; 8:1; 1 John 2:1). While Jesus was on earth, His work was limited geographically – He only helped those in His vicinity. Now, Jesus helps His people all over the world instantaneously. He hears our prayers and promises to do whatever we ask Him in His Name (John 14:13–14; Hebrews 4:15–16).

Jesus Will Return as King and Judge

Acts 1:11 “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.” 

Jesus Christ is reigning from Heaven today, but the day is coming when He will return to earth and His reign will be fully realized on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 19:10–16; Revelation 22:3). When Jesus returns, He will judge the world and execute divine justice against those who have defied Him and hurt His people.

What The Ascension Means To Us

In summary, Jesus completed His mission on earth given to Him by His Father and is now reigning with all authority from Heaven and interceding for His people all over the world. The lessons we can take from this glorious truth are:

  1. Remember that Jesus is in control. He is reigning right now and has all authority. He is actively at work in the world and in our lives. Trust in Him.
  2. Live boldly and confidently. Get up off your backside and be active, knowing that your labors for Jesus are not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
  3. Sufferers, take heart that Jesus knows and understands your suffering and cares about you. Jesus suffered unimaginably on earth, so He is perfectly merciful and sympathetic to our needs as our counselor and mediator. Take your cares and your burdens to Him in prayer (1 Peter 5:6-7)
  4. Hope in a glorious future. Jesus is coming back to end suffering, abolish injustice, destroy evil and death, and reign in truth, righteousness and love. We will get to be with our King!

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