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Wordwise Insight, Issue #080
April 14, 2011

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): The Ascension and Present Work of Christ)

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(The Ascension and Present Work of Christ)

The ascension and subsequent ministry of Christ may be one of the more neglected areas of doctrine relating to the Son of God. In most evangelical churches, we have special days to celebrate the birth of Christ, and His death, and His resurrection, but not His ascension. We give the day of His return to heavenly glory no notice at all. Yet the latter is vitality important, not only to our salvation, but to our ongoing life and ministry for the Lord.

As the book of Acts begins, we are told that the Lord Jesus continued to appear to His followers, teaching them, for forty days after His resurrection. Then, He ascended back into heaven once more (Acts 1:3, 9; cf. Mk. 16:19; Lk. 24:51). This occurred on a Thursday, five and a half weeks after Easter Sunday. (In many liturgical churches that use the Christian calendar, the event is celebrated on the Sunday following the fortieth day.)

Though we cannot be dogmatic about it, it's possible that Christ's visible ascension described in the Word of God is only the last of two (or even more) ascensions. The Bible does not discuss this directly, but it is certainly possible. The idea is based up a couple of things.

Mary Magdalene seems to have been the first to see the risen Christ on resurrection morning. To her, the Lord said, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father" (Jn. 20:17). Yet later, we read that His followers "came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him," and Christ seems to have allowed it (Matt. 28:9).

It's believed by some that in between those two incidents Christ may have ascended to the Father to present Himself as the final Sacrifice for sin, just as Israel's high priest carried the blood of the atoning sacrifice into the holy of holies and applied it...

For the rest of this article, click on Christ-in Heaven.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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