Today is Ascension day which celebrates Jesus’ ascension into heaven forty days after the resurrection on Easter Day. Jesus leaves this earth and returns to his father, to take his throne over all dominions and powers. The Ascension story answers the child like question, “where is Jesus now?” His life walking around on the earth is over, but he lives with God and continues to love the whole world from there. As he left, he clearly passed the baton to his disciples – and to us
Every week in church, we recall this in the words of the creed ‘he ascended to heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty’. It was the most important person who would sit on the right side of the King and this is the position Jesus takes. This phrase shows us the importance of Jesus and his place with God.
Finally, reflect on the words of psalm 47 which talks of God’s ascension:
Clap your hands, all you nations;shout to God with cries of joy.For the Lord Most High is awesome,the great King over all the earth.He subdued nations under us,peoples under our feet.He chose our inheritance for us,the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.Sing praises to God, sing praises;sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth;sing to him a psalm of praise.God reigns over the nations;God is seated on his holy throne.The nobles of the nations assembleas the people of the God of Abraham,for the kings of the earth belong to God;he is greatly exalted.
Ascension is a time of celebration as we near the end of the Easter and approach Pentecost, a feast often said to be the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world