Consent to ascension

After his crucifixion and resurrection, when Christ Jesus' work was finished on earth, and as he was with his disciples at Bethany, Luke's Gospel describes how "it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." Jesus' ascension provides example and guidance of inestimable value for each of us. Isn't ascension really the ultimate victory, where the limitations of materiality and time are utterly transcended? All sin, all illness, and "the last enemy," death, are entirely overcome.

Yet, how does the average person relate to ascension? Was ascension for Jesus only? The very fact that Christ Jesus ascended compels each of us to consider the great consequence of that event. Since he is everyone's example, we all must follow his footsteps sooner or later. Therefore, each of us is to experience ascension in some way and at some time.

April 5, 1993

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