READ : Ephesians 4:1-10
“He ascended,” what does it mean? (v. 9)
We say it in the words of the Apostles’ Creed: “He ascended into heaven, and sits at
the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” We celebrate it (or at least we used to
celebrate it) on our church calendar. Today is Ascension Day.
What does “he ascended” mean? What am I confessing when I say that Jesus went to
heaven, where he reigns at God’s right hand? Though these devotionals will not give an
exhaustive answer to those questions, we can provide some instruction by looking at the
Bible. As Christians, we believe that there is one voice behind all of the canonical
scriptures. Let’s consider what that one voice has to say about one theme. A number of
biblical texts mention the word ascension. Let’s try to put some of them together in a way
that makes sense.
Let’s also focus on Jesus and explore what his ascension means. Let’s focus on our
risen and reigning Lord, a witnessed work of God in history. Let’s also intentionally lift
Jesus up in our hearts, minds, and lives, so he can draw us all to himself (John
Finally, let’s admit there is much we don’t know. God’s ways are not our ways, and
so it is with the ascension, as with other mysteries of our faith (see 1 Tim. 3:16). There
is and will remain a mystery in Christ’s majesty, a glory in Jesus’ authority, that we
cannot fully grasp.
Father, through your Holy Spirit and from your Word, reveal to us the glory of
your exalted Son, whom with you and the Holy Spirit we worship this day.