Sunday, 10 February 2013

THEME NUMBER 4 The Ascension of Our Lord

Act 1:9  When He had said this, and while they were looking at Him, He was carried up, and a cloud closing beneath Him hid Him from their sight.
Act 1:10  But, while they stood intently gazing into the sky as He went, suddenly there were two men in white garments standing by them,
Act 1:11  who said, "Galilaeans, why stand looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into Heaven will come in just the same way as you have seen Him going into Heaven."
Act 1:12  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called the Oliveyard, which is near Jerusalem, about a mile off. 

Our Lord ascending into heaven

Act 1:9  When He had said this, and while they were looking at Him, (He was taken up before their very eyes,
Here are the disciples listening to a conversation where Our Lord Jesus had instructed them about waiting for the Promise of the Father, the baptism with the Holy Spirit. A that  very time He says they would receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they would be witnesses.

Right there on the Mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem he was taken up before their very eyes. It was not in some secret snatching away or midnight disappearance. They witnesses His ascension.

Barnes says :The reasons why it was proper that the Lord Jesus should ascend to heaven rather than remain on earth were:

(1) That he had “finished” the work which God gave him to do “on the earth” Joh_17:4; Joh_19:30, and it was proper that he should be received back to the glory which he had with the Father before the world was, Joh_17:4-5; Phi_2:6, Phi_2:9-10.
(2) it was proper that he should ascend in order that the Holy Spirit might come down and perform his part of the work of redemption. Jesus, by his personal ministry, as a man, could be but in one place; the Holy Spirit could be in all places, and could apply the work to all people. See note on Joh_16:7.
(3) a part of the work of Christ was yet to be performed in heaven. That was the work of intercession. The high priest of the Jews not only made an atonement, but also presented the blood of sacrifice eople, Lev_16:11-14. This was done to typify the entrance of the great high priest of our profession into the heavens, Heb_9:7-8, Heb_9:11-12. The work which he performs there is the work of intercession, Heb_7:25

Two Men dressed in White appeared and said, “ Why do you stand looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same manner, you have seen him go into heaven.”

There is a day appointed in which He will come in like manner thence, as you have seen him go thither, and you must not expect him back till that appointed day.”
(1.) “This same Jesus shall come again in his own person, clothed with a glorious body; this same Jesus, who came once to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, will appear a second time without sin (Heb_9:26, Heb_9:28), who came once in disgrace to be judged, will come again in glory to judge. The same Jesus who has given you your charge will come again to call you to an account how you have performed your trust; he, and not another,” Job_19:27.
(2.) “He shall come in like manner. He is gone away in a cloud, and attended with angels; and, behold, he comes in the clouds, and with him an innumerable company of angels! He is gone up with a shout and with the sound of a trumpet (Psa_47:5), and he will descend from heaven with a shout and with the trump of God, 1Th_4:16. You have now lost the sight of him in the clouds and in the air; whither he is gone you cannot follow him now, but shall then, when you shall be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.” When we stand gazing and trifling, the consideration of our Master's second coming should quicken and awaken us; and, when we stand gazing and trembling, the consideration of it should comfort and encourage us.

1.  Jesus was taken up a Man with a physical body. There is a man in the glory who knows our needs.
2. He is coming back in the same manner that he went away, He ascended on high.
3. This is the promise of His second Coming in the clouds.

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