We read how He blessed them, and it makes us think of how God
spoke to Moses to command Aaron to bless the children of Israel, "the Lord bless you
and keep and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace. They shall put My Name on
the children of Israel and bless them" (Num 6:23-27).
Just think how wonderful Jesus blessing is! Its not
Aaron speaking the blessing but Jesus. What a blessing if we can receive Gods
blessing. That blessing wasnt just meant for the disciples at that time but for us
all, to strive and seek to live under this blessing every day. And as they were watching
He was lifted up into heaven. He had been with them a long time and spent years with them.
Now the time had come for Him to physically leave them. He left them after He had promised
them that He would send them His Spirit. We live in this wonderful dispensation, where He
has given us His Spirit to guide and teach us.
We read that He was taken up into heaven and sat on the right hand
of God. For a while He came down and was so to say lower than the angels. But God lifted
Him up and sat Him at His right hand. God lifted Him up to the highest place imaginable.
Have we learnt that? So often we love to be recognised. But God teaches us that if we
humble ourselves, in His time He will lift us up. It is difficult to humble oneself and
bow. But the Lord Jesus, even though He was equal with God yet He learnt to bow to His
Fathers will. Have you learnt this secret? Can you regard the next person as more
important than yourself? Christ was prepared to do that for you and me. He went that road
in obedience to God, and because of that, God could lift Him up and exalted Him (Philip
2:9; 1Pet 3:22).
Do you emulate Jesus or are you like a defeated Christian, who
fail to overcome the world, where sin has the better of you and the power of sin is not
broken? Is the power of God seen in your life?
When a person here on earth commit a crime he will look for the
best advocate to intercede for him, and get them out of the mess he got himself into. He
will pay enormous amounts to get the best advocate. But we serve the Lord who makes His
services available free of charge, to intercede for us (Heb 7:25; Rom 8:34). He says,
"even though your sins be as scarlet it shall be washed as white as snow" (Is
1:18). How can you reject such an offer, where the risen, ascended Lord, to whom all power
had been given, invites you that He takes your case. There is no other way that our record
can be made clean. It is only possible through Him who intercedes for us.
Do you appreciate the value of this Gospel or do you just treat it
as something ordinary?
We read in Mark, after His ascension "they went out and
preached everywhere, the Lord working with them confirming the Word with signs and
wonders" (Mark 16:20). He didnt ascend to leave us alone, but so that more
would be possible. Thats the beauty of following Christ. We can follow Him with the
assurance, knowing He seeks whats best for us.
Have you been forgiven your sins? Have you been to Calvary? Have
you experienced the blessed joy of the burden of sin being lifted?
It didnt stop at the Resurrection either, where He came to
give us forgiveness and victory over sin. Then comes His Ascension. Have you experienced
Ascension in your life? God exalted Jesus to His right hand. Have you made the Lord Jesus,
Lord and King of your life? Maybe youve confessed your sin and even experienced some
victory over sin in your life. But have you completely surrendered to Him in all areas of
your life? When you make decisions do you make them with the Lord? Or do you simply get up
in the morning and decide yourself what youre going to do.
As we celebrate Ascension Day, may the ascended Lord be evident in
your and my life, every area under His control.