As my relationship with God depends, a facet that I thrive in is theology and apologetics. For some reason, I have a very good mind when it comes to systems, structure, logical flow, and understanding implications. Or so I have been told.
I am speaking at my alma mater this week and the topic is THE ASCENSION.
I don’t remember the last time I heard a sermon on THE ASCENSION. I don’t think I have ever heard one on tTHE ASCENSION. As part of a sermon, yes; but a whole message dedicated to the meaning, purpose, and value of THE ASCENSION, nope.
Needless to say, I has been convicted and blessed during this time of study and prayer. From this time, there have been a few key thoughts that have engrossed me and my sermon planning and writing.
- “The Ascension is where Christ takes Captivity captive.” Coming from Martin Luther, in his death and resurrection, Christ defeated sin, hell, death, and the Satan; however, in hi ascension, Christ returned to the throne and holds all his enemies captive – not dead, for their purpose and desired end is not yet completed.
- “The Word now has Flesh in heaven.” Cyril of Alexandria explains that Christ is now the perfect Mediator of the New Covenant. Humanity as the image bearer of God is now restored in Christ as he intercedes for his people and desires his enemies to repentance.
- “All that Christ accomplished in his earthly body is now present in the believer through the presence of the Holy Spirit, creating a new earthly body of believers.” We are not alone in our faith and the accomplishments of Christ now dwell within and empower believers to be his witnesses wherever and whenever they are.
This, to me, has greatly deepened my affection for my Savior and has bettered my understanding of his great love for us.