It’s not the End it’s the Beginning!
“As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. They worshipped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great Joy, and spent all their time in the temple giving thanks to God”.
(Luke 24: 51-53)
Our farewells often include three things:
- We often review the time we spent with the person
We might say something like, “Well, thank you for inviting us. It was great/pleasure to be a part of this.
This time away together has been great. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with you.
- The promise to stay in touch.
We might say something like, “We really need to get together more often, or I’ll give you a call when we arrive home, or in a week or two.”
- Remind each other of our next visit.
“We’ll see you next year, or next month, or whenever the next visit is planned.”
These are the very three things that Jesus did with his disciples before he was taken up to Heaven.
- He reviewed the things that were accomplished on His visit, and what they needed to accomplish in His absence.
- He promised to stay in touch with them.
- He told them of His plans to see them again.
The Ascension marks the beginning of a new phase in Christ’s relationship to humanity.
It marks the completion of Jesus’s work of redemption on earth.
Jesus had completed His work and he was longing to return home.
The Ascension allowed the Holy Spirit to perform his part concerning redemption.
This is important to us because as long as Jesus was confined to the earthly body, He could only be in one place at a time, but since He ascended into heaven to be at the right hand of the Father, God unleashed the Holy Spirit to do His work pertaining to salvation!
The Holy Spirit is not confined to one location at a time and is in you!
The Holy Spirit will empower you to live for Jesus. The Holy Spirit living in you can help transform you into the image of Jesus!
The Ascension allows Jesus to perform the work of intercession on our behalf.
Jesus is not sitting in heaven watching the television or reading books, Jesus is busy interceding on our behalf!
Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.
Jesus is always there; you can always turn to Him!
Jesus is Always with the Father!
Jesus is Always present in the Eucharist, and he has given us power to direct our lives in accordance with God’s will and overcome obstacles.
The blessing of knowing this helps us to understand that you do not have to earn your ticket to heaven, the ticket has been punched for you and is waiting for you to accept.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him!
Jesus has prepared the gift of salvation for you. A relationship with Jesus built on His love for you says, come follow Me and you will receive eternal life.
- What in our lives are we needing to let go of, to ascend, as it were, so that we might receive the Spirit we need for a new chapter in our lives?
Remember nothing can separate you from God’s love!
Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
Before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit. May I be similarly inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me. And may I do so joyfully, with your help, your guidance, and your grace! And remembering this glorious event, help me to seek what is above, Heaven, where you are seated at the right hand of God the Father!