The Ascension of Christ — A Conclusion with a New Beginning..
The Easter story “ends” here with Jesus descending into heaven and sending out His disciples to preach the good news according to the great commission.
But, this is by no means the end of the Christian story as you will later see.
In this conclusion of the Easter story Christ rises into heaven and sends His disciples to preach the message.
Let’s take a look at the short ministry of Jesus — A ministry which changed the world.
Jesus Ascends into Heaven – Easter Story Continues
“So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.
And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions.
And after that, Jesus Himself also sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.” – Mark 16:19-20 (NASB)
Christ Rises into Heaven
A fitting conclusion to this Easter story, don’t you think? Although Jesus had the power of the universe He chose to serve others.
In truth, Christ’s’ idea of power was not the same as our shortsighted human understanding.
No, He did not bully, put down others, or use His power to have authority over other humans (although He did possess it).
Let’s look at what Jesus did during His ministry. Just to name a short summary, He…
- healed the sick
- had compassion for the suffering of others
- taught relentlessly to help others to understand the will of God
- loved little children and talked with them and held them in His arms
- washed the feet of His disciples
- died to take on the sin of the world so that we might be saved and not separated from God
Just as Christ served others in His short time on earth, we are called to do these three things:
- follow Him,
- to serve Him,
- and to serve each other.
We must swallow our pride and present the world with our true power which comes from Christ within us.
This is the power Jesus instilled in us so we can serve our fellow human beings just as He served.
I’m sure there is someone you and I know who desperately need the Lord right now.
With the world seemingly falling apart, Christ remains our strength. So, let’s share that great power.
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28 (NASB)
Love in Christ
If you have never made the commitment to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to look at John 3:16 to learn more.