READ : Acts 1:6-11
As they were watching, he was lifted up. (v. 9)
On one point of doctrine, the early church had no doubt whatsoever: that Jesus had ascended into heaven and was now reigning at the right hand of God. In his Pentecost sermon, Peter proclaimed that Jesus was “exalted at the right hand of God” (Acts 2:32). In Romans, Paul proclaimed that Jesus was “at the right hand of God” (8:34). Stephen, the church’s first martyr, looked up and saw “the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56). Again and again the biblical authors tell us where Jesus went when he left here.
But as to how Jesus got from here to there, that story is told only once, and in only one verse: “As they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”
This description tells us the early church considered where Jesus was more important than how he got there.
As a child in Sunday school, I remember a film showing Jesus soaring into the sky, like a rocket ship leaving a launching pad, until he disappeared into the clouds. Is that what the ascension was like? I don’t know. But I know where he ascended to – the place of greatest glory and authority: the right hand of God.
Christ reigns at the right hand of God. Hallelujah!