Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Title: The Ascension Of Jesus
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
Messianic Psalms 68:18 and 110:1; Acts 1:7-11; Ephesians 4:7-13
We are all very familiar with Christmas (celebrating the Birth of Christ), Good Friday (the Crucifixion) and Easter (the Resurrection of Christ from the dead). However, very few pay much attention to the Ascension, when Jesus went to Heaven forty days after His Resurrection.
In the Psalms there are two prophetic messages on the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces have fallen in place one by one. The Messianic prophecies found in Psalm alone is sufficient for me to believe that God’s Hand is at work. Yes, indeed history is “HIS STORY”. A thousand years ago God inspired the writers with the minute details of the coming Messiah in Jesus Christ.
You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there. (Psalm 68:18)
This verse is quoted by Paul in Ephesian 4:8. Then the subsequent three verses, Ephesians 4:9-11, are among the most difficult to explain. Paul applies this verse to the Ministry of the Ascended Christ. David is describing the conquerors marching to the gates and taking tribute from the fallen city. Paul is using this picture of Christ suffering a painful death on the Cross and the Resurrection. Then He was victorious over death and Satan. When Christ ascended into heaven, He gave gifts to the church. It also celebrates His victory over evil. It gives us the assurance that all who believe in Christ by trusting Him can overcome evil too.
The next Messianic verse on Ascension is found in Psalm 110:1 – The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
Throughout the Bible the right hand of God is the place of heaven which denotes the place of power, authority and sovereignty. Jesus is all power God or omnipotent. Christ is seated on the throne of God in heaven. He is in full control of the universe. He is waiting for the time when everyone of His enemies is under His feet. The right hand of God is a place of honour. He died for our sins and the sins of the world. He has overcome death. He is risen to glory seated at the right hand of God.
Luke, the only Gentile writer in the New Testament, has faithfully recorded the Life and Ministry of Christ in the Gospel of Luke. His continuation in the Book of Acts recorded the Ascension of Christ into heaven and the birth and growth of the Church. These were the parting words of Jesus to all His disciples then and now:
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “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.” (Acts 1.8-11)
Please take note of a few very important things in His final parting words:
1. He left for heaven but He sent His Holy Spirit to us. He did not leave us like helpless orphans. He empowers us to be powerful witnesses for Him. He has also given us a plan to witness worldwide.
2. It must be wonderful and marvellous to see Jesus being ushered into heaven. Oh, He promised us that He will come back in the same way He was taken up. This prophecy is to come. All the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus during His earthly journey have been beautifully and perfectly fulfilled. So, based on those fulfilled prophecies, I believe with all my heart and soul that Jesus is coming soon, and very soon.
3. Let’s be watchful! We are reminded of The Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-11. Let us be wise, make sure our lamps have sufficient oil and keep them burning. Jesus says, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)
Prayer for Today
Our loving Father, Thank You for Your words that strengthen our faith. The deeper we go into Your word, the more we discovered You were at the beginning, You are here walking with us, and You will be back again. Father forgive us when we are so wrapped up with the here and now; we somehow don’t see beyond all our problems and difficulties of the day. Lord, we thank You for Your steadfast love never changes. You are with us in both our good days as well as in our bad days. Lord, help us to be faithful and hopeful till You return. Come, Lord Jesus!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen
弥赛亚诗68:18 和 110:1；使徒行传 1:7-11；以弗所书 4:7-13
另一节关于基督升天的弥赛亚经节是在诗篇110:1 － 耶和华对我主说：你坐在我的右边，等我使你仇敌作你的脚凳。