Day 5

Jesus’s Ascension into Heaven

from the A Living Hope reading plan

Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:1-11, Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 7:26-27, Hebrews 10:11-14

BY Kayla De La Torre

I often listen to film scores when I write, and a never-skip on my curated soundtrack playlist is the theme from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. When I listen to that soundtrack, you might as well grab me a parrot and an eye-patch, because I suddenly think I am as capable of taking on the high seas as the ever-witty Captain Jack Sparrow. 

As Bible readers, we get to go on a treasure hunt in our own way. We trace storylines like the dots on a map, hunting for the hope of God’s great restoration. As we do this, we find a million little clues leading us to the true treasure, Jesus Himself. 

Today’s Scripture is a great opportunity for us to hunt treasure together. 

When Hebrews 7:26 says, “For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens,” we can remember the places in Leviticus and Deuteronomy where God spoke about imperfect priests who temporarily made a way for God’s people to be in relationship with Him. The Old Testament priests continually offered sacrifices for sin, but Hebrews says of Jesus, “He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself” (v.27). 

When Luke writes about Jesus’s ascension in Acts, he says, “After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). Remember the pillar of cloud leading God’s people out of Egypt (Exodus 13:21) and the cloud that settled over the first tabernacle (Exodus 33:9)? That’s the visual I’m reminded of when I read Luke’s account of Jesus’s ascension in Acts: “After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (v.9). The cloud of God’s presence takes the living, resurrected Jesus up into heaven to sit down “at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12). 

I see these connections across the entire narrative of Scripture as evidence of how completely fulfilling Christ’s salvific work is. Jesus lets us see how He’s always been there, eternally holding humanity as the Father writes His redemptive story. 

Jesus’s crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension are a set of three climactic events that, combined, are the turning point in God’s redemption story. The ascension completes Jesus’s physical and spiritual triumph over death; I don’t have to wonder if evil and death are fully conquered because I get to read that the risen Jesus ascended into heaven and is, at this very moment, triumphantly reigning with God the Father. The ascension concludes the chapter on God’s people expectantly waiting for their Messiah, opening the part of the story we exist in now: abundant life with Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Because Jesus sits at God’s right hand, we have a secure pathway to the Father. And by the presence of His Spirit in us, we get to invite others to come along: 

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
—Matthew 28:19–20

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28 thoughts on "Jesus’s Ascension into Heaven"

  1. Irene Cedillo says:

    Thank you, Jesus for your relenting love.

  2. Lehua K. says:

    Amen ❤️

    TAYLOR: Praying for healing and full recovery for your mom’s cousin ❤️

    Have a great and restful weekend, Shes ❤️

  3. Mercy says:

    Saying goodbye hurts, especially to the ones that you love with all your heart, all your mind and all your soul. The One got caught up in the cloud, and the same way from the cloud He shall return to earth to the longing hearts of those who love Him. His ways of thinking are so different than ours. He assured that it if for our benefit that He leaves us, so the Comforter/the Advocate/ the Helper can come to dwell within us. We shall weep and lament, while the world is celebrating ( I feel this verse is living out in our time), but the prophecy goes on to say…our sorrow and anguish shall be turned into joy (John 16:20)…and no one no one can take that joy away (John 16:22).
    Praying for you @Rhonda J (your foot recovery and your joy as God leads you into various ministries), @Taylor (on your mom’s cousin Wendy’s accident), @Molly R (your family and transition times, was thinking of you as I sowed my flower and vegetable seeds, may gardening bring you so much joy and healing as it does me),@all shes (for you and your families, grace to cover and to nurture). Be blessed dear sisters. I hope you all will have a wonderful weekend. To God be the Glory.

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