How often do we pause to reflect on this final event of Jesus’ life on earth? In our eagerness to arrive at Pentecost, following resurrection, it’s easy to overlook his ascension or just give it a passing acknowledgement as we move on to the great feast that follows.
Let’s hit the pause button!
Without ascension, there would be no Pentecost! John notes in his gospel (Jn739) the Spirit was not yet because Jesus was not yet glorified. So let’s pause awhile and allow the significance of this great event to speak to us.
Here are five reasons the ascension of Jesus is so important:
- Ascension affirms to us that Jesus came from God
- Ascension sets our sights on heaven
- Ascension paves the way for the Age of the Spirit
- Ascension paves the way for God’s ecclesia to rule on earth
- Ascension paves the way for Jesus to return in glory
If you’d like to listen to a short (25 min) podcast that expands on these points, you can find it here.
Rich blessings, as you reflect on this amazing, last act of Jesus on earth.
We’ve just returned from a 4 week ministry trip to the Philippines and South India, sharing this message with different churches. We asked Father to confirm his word and heart with demonstrations of love and healings in the hearts, minds and bodies of those who received what we had to share. We were not disappointed! Overwhelmed even, with the healings that happened as people responded to and received Father’s unconditional love.
This journey has confirmed for us the word we believe the Holy Spirit gave us in late 2018, that “a pillar of revival is the return of God’s people to a heart-to-heart connection with Father”. We believe we are living in times of uncommon expressions and manifestations of Father’s heart! We’re ready to go where the Spirit leads us, to encourage folk to reconnect heart-to-heart with Father God. We continue to believe that he will affirm his truths with uncommon expressions of his love.
We plan to return to Asia to go deeper and wider with the folk there. Yet, we really would love to minister this message to your community. Please do get in touch to explore together, what might be possible!