He Ascended, Indeed.

May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead. Reprinted by permission from Visuals for Worship, (c) 2006, Faith Alive Christian Resources.

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Today is Ascension Day;  Today the global church celebrates the event Luke recorded twice, once at the end of Luke and once in the beginning of Acts.  Sunday morning we will gather around this concept, but we must first ask the question “What does the ascension of our Lord mean for us?”

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Personally speaking, engaging the topic of ascension is a challenging endeavor.  Truly believing that Jesus Christ left the world fully human and fully divine has some perplexing implications.

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Perhaps the perplexing (and overlooked) reality of the ascension is that Jesus did not die again in the ascension.  Jesus is still fully human and fully divine.  He remains fully alive!
And what joy! This means that Jesus, in all of his glory, is reigning now.  Our victory is sealed, and Jesus now stands at the helm of creation, ruling now!  Woohoo! We win!

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Indeed, he is ruling from heaven. But heaven, I would challenge you to think, is not a wholly other universe.  Heaven and earth are two different dimensions of God’s good creation, existing in tangent. “God’s space and ours interlock and intersect in a whole variety of ways even while they retain, for the moment at least, their separate and distinct identities and roles,” writes N.T. Wright in Surprised By Hope.

He rules now. He reigns now! In heaven and on earth.  Thy will be done, amen.

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What, then, are we anticipating? To someday follow Jesus into heaven? To paraphrase the disciples, “Jesus is in heaven, ruling the whole world, and he will one day return to make that rule complete” (Wright).  The ascension does something for us, to the effect of stretching our imaginations to a reality that we may have never considered: imagine, heaven and earth being made for each other and Jesus alive in his fully embodied state today.  Cool, isn’t it?

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Embrace the mystery.

Love,
Chels

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