The Day We Were Left Behind

Paul DreillingChurch News

He left us behind

Your calendar like mine may say that last Thursday, May 25th was Ascension Day.  Forty days after the resurrection, Jesus and His disciples went to Mount Olivet where Jesus told them to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  They watched as Jesus returned to heaven taking his glorified body to the right hand of God.  His flesh and blood would enter the gates of heaven and pave the way for us.  Why would it be important to remember the day that Jesus left us?

The Ascension of Jesus Christ is meaningful for several reasons: (Got Questions.org)

1) It signaled the end of His earthly ministry. God the Father had lovingly sent His Son into the world at Bethlehem, and now the Son was returning to the Father.

2) It signified success in His earthly work. All that He had come to do, He had accomplished.

3) It marked the return of His heavenly glory. Jesus’ glory had been veiled during His sojourn on earth, with one brief exception at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9).

4) It symbolized His exaltation by the Father (Ephesians 1:20-23). The One with whom the Father is well pleased (Matthew 17:5) was received up in honor and given a name above all names (Philippians 2:9).

5) It allowed Him to prepare a place for us (John 14:2).

6) It indicated the beginning of His new work as High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16) and Mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15).

7) It set the pattern for His return. When Jesus comes to set up the Kingdom, He will return just as He left-literally, bodily, and visibly in the clouds (Acts 1:11Daniel 7:13-14Matthew 24:30Revelation 1:7).

Their sadness turned to joy

It is said that there is “no sense of absence where there has been no sense of presence.” The disciples must have understood many of these items above because Luke tells us that “they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy…” Something happened in their lives because the very one whom they had learned to depend on, was gone. The angels said it best when they asked the disciples, “Why do you stand looking into heaven?” as if to say don’t just stand there, get busy in the Lord’s work and they did.  We’ve been left behind for a reason, so let’s be about His business.


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Matthew 13:1-58

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Confidence in Prayer
1 John 5:14


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