|Ascension Day used to be a holiday
but the government removed it, and replaced it with other holidays, which are more
important to them. But it doesn't reduce the significance of Ascension Day to us.
When we stand before the Lord, will we be ashamed, or will we be like
Jesus, who ascended into Heaven after He had accomplished the task His Father had sent Him
9 And when he had spoken these
things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked
stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of
Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you
into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto
Before His Ascension He met frequently with His disciples. It was
a very special time. Before the Resurrection they were timid and fearful and denied the
Lord. But during the time after the Resurrection and before the Ascension, He met
frequently with them, strengthening them and they were transformed people by the time He
Ascended. A few days after His Ascension He promised them they would receive the Holy
They were transformed from timid people to those who were later
prepared to even die for Him, and they could unashamedly stand before anyone in boldness.
They experienced the Lord in such a way that nothing could stop them from testifying.
They saw Him as He Ascended into Heaven. You can imagine how they
gazed into Heaven as one gazes as a loved one leaves one in a car or aeroplane. They
didn't know what to expect, whether the Lord would return immediately or what would happen
next. Today we have the whole picture in perspective, but it wasn't so with them at that
They had experienced great things the few days before. They saw
how satan tempted Him to become discouraged and how men taunted Him and tortured Him.
But the Father and the Host of Heaven were prepared to do it for
us, so that we might be saved. Imagine the celebrations in Heaven when He arrived. However
we know of at least two angels who missed the celebrations, the two that were sent to
earth for our sakes to speak to the disciples. The angels helped them and they realised
that life had to carry on and that there was work to be done.
Many a time it's the same with us. God does something great for us
and then it's as if our life stops right there and we forget that God's mercies are given
to strengthen us for the task we have to do.
Dr Luke records what happened after the angels spoke to them in
the Gospel of Luke.
Luke 24:51 - 53
51 And it came to pass while He
blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into Heaven.
52 And they worshipped Him, and
returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
53 And were continually in the
temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
To them it wasn't the end but the beginning. We read in Acts that
Jesus' work was what Jesus started to do (Acts 1:1). Their lives became full of joy. They
had great joy while they worked for we read that the Lord worked with them (Mark 16:20).
That is what we need that the Lord works with us. Or are you on
your own, doing your own thing?
God also confirmed by accompanying signs. And people saw that God
was with them.
Where we work, do people see us or God. What we do is it for our
own sakes, or do we give God the glory? Sometimes we are so big, people cannot see God.
But as the disciples worked God's hand was with them and strengthened them.
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is
on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
He came to earth to save us but now He is sitting in Heaven at the
right hand of the Father.
We live in a time where man makes laws contrary to God's word.
Where it's not allowed to speak against homosexuality and say what the Bible clearly says
about it. Where certain needy countries in Africa had made laws against homosexuality and
the world has turned against them, and the so-called Christian Western nations withdrew
Certain woman say they have the right over their own body and can
kill their unborn child through abortion. But there is one above them Who said, 'you shall
You might think you can do your own thing, but the day is coming
when you will appear before the Ascended Lord to whom all authority had been given and
although you do not bow now, one day you will bow (Philippians 2:10 - 11).
14 Seeing then that we have a
great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast
15 For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin.
He understands what you go through. And He is at the right hand of
the Father, available every moment. He is our great High Priest. We have access to our
Creator! And He is available at any time. He invites us to come to Him in our hour of
His invitation is, "Come to Me, all you
that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Mat 11:28).
We can come boldly to the throne of grace with