by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Tomorrow is Ascension Day, the day of Jesus’ ascension into heaven, exactly forty days after the Resurrection. This day is perhaps one of the least talked about or understood aspects of Jesus’ time on earth. (Think of the ramifications if He hadn't ascended.) There is a marvelous Ascension hymn which expresses the mystery of this event beautifully. The text goes like this:
“Alleluia! Not as orphans are we left in sorrow (as a result of Jesus’ ascension to heaven) Alleluia! He is near us; faith believes nor questions how. (I can’t quite comprehend what happened, but I believe.)
Though the cloud from sight received him when the forty days were o’er, Shall our hearts forget his promise, “I am with you evermore”? The last verse reminds us of His heavenly work on our behalf.
“Alleluia! Heavenly High Priest, here on earth our help, our stay; Alleluia! Hear the sinful cry to you from day to day. Intercessor, Friend of sinners, earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea, where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea.
May you experience the comfort and encouragement this day knowing of Jesus’ presence with you and intercession on your behalf as He sits at the right hand of the Father.