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Daily Devotional

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by K. Neill Foster

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for April 16, 2019

That Was One Great Day!

Text: "While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven." Luke 24:51

The ascension of Jesus to His Father marked the end of His incarnational ministry on earth. His days in the flesh--walking, talking and teaching--were over.

The ascension demonstrated the supremacy of Jesus over all the powers--He had defeated them openly during His ministry. And above all, on the cross the ascension said to all concerned that this Jesus was the master and conqueror of every dark power.

The ascension marked the end of any political aspirations the disciples might still have had. Jesus was going away. He was not marshaling political power to prevail at Jerusalem. The kingdom of God, the disciples were learning, had not only arrived in the ministry of Jesus, but was still to come.

The ascension also marked the beginning of a new role for Jesus. He was about to take His seat at the right hand of the Father, where He "ever lives to make intercession for us."And not only would He be praying for us, but WE would be seated with Him there (Ephesians 2:6).

The ascension also set before the Church the manner in which He would return. Acts 1:11 presents the message of the angels--He would return just as He had left. The manner of Jesus' triumphant return has already been planned. There's no question--He is coming back, and it will be in the "same way" as He went away.

Many churches mark the Seventh Sunday of Easter as Ascension Sunday. And so they should. How humans live after the Ascension and before the Return is what we call the "bottom line."