The Ascension of Our Lord

1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11

 And the Collect:

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.         

 

One thought on “The Ascension of Our Lord

  1. Wow, now that’s a quite bizarre picture! But that would not be my interior thoughts for the Ascension! 😉 Sadly the Ascension of Christ gets little theological life and preaching these days! And it is not a speculative, but a practical doctrine. Indeed the “Offices” and “Sessions” of “Christ Jesus” on the Throne of Grace & Glory! The Mediatorial Work of Christ, HE is always prophet, priest and king! And John Calvin quite relates the three offices of Christ as a category of systematic doctrine and theology, even in his early Institutes of 1536. And for Calvin, as too Luther, the Christological interpretation of the OT is quite part of the progressive revelation of God which is central in the NT revelation! And in the use of typology, the NT must be our guide. But the relationship of the Old Testament to the New, is always Law and Gospel for our Reformers, but in the one covenant of grace, in three promises: eternal life, a covenant based on unmerited grace, and a knowledge and possession of Christ as the Mediator! But even Calvin can say, “No language, indeed, can fully represent the consequences and efficacy of Christ’s death. This is the only price by which we are reconciled to God.” (Calvin, on Eph. 5: 2).

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