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At God’s right hand

What Jesus’ ascension means to me.

Jesus lived on this earth for about 33 years, keeping God’s law perfectly. As our Savior, he paid the full price for the sins of the world with his death. After he was raised to life again, Jesus did his victory lap in hell proclaiming Satan’s defeat. Jesus appeared to hundreds of people over a period of 40 days. Then, after he gave his disciples their marching orders, “he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). His earthly mission was complete.

Why is Jesus’ ascension so important to me?

  • Jesus’ ascension reminds me from where he really came and that he has returned to his heavenly throne.
  • Jesus’ ascension reveals to me that he took up the full and constant use of his almighty power again.
  • Jesus’ ascension comforts me in knowing that he is at the right hand of God interceding for me. He is telling his Father to hear my prayers and to forgive me when I sin because of his perfect life and death.
  • Jesus’ ascension shows me that he is making all things work for the good of his church, which is ultimately for me.
  • Jesus’ ascension reminds me just how important I am to him.

Jesus treasures us and wants us to be with him. That is what he promised and what the angels stated as Jesus ascended: “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Why is he coming back? “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3). Jesus is taking his time to prepare our heavenly home, even though he could do it with a word.

Jesus’ ascension means that you and I get to look forward to his return when he will take us to be with him in heaven—transformed, glorified, and living with him in true righteousness and holiness forever.

Author: Snowden G. Sims
Volume 111, Number 5
Issue: May 2024

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  • Snowden Gene Sims

    Pastor Sims is a 1980 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, a 1985 graduate of Northwestern College, and a 1989 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He presently serves as an associate pastor at St. Paul's, Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as the Michigan District President. He is married to Melinda who is an instructor at The Ohio State University. They have a daughter, Erika, who resides in West Allis, Wisconsin. In his spare time Pastor Sims enjoys fishing, hunting, working out, gardening, playing guitar, and listening to jazz.

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