The Ascension of our Lord

Ascension service

This Thursday marks the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven (Holy Trinity will have our formal worship service on the Eve of the Ascension, Wednesday, May 24th at 7:15 pm). This event is perhaps one of the least popular of the major Christological feast days, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter certainly overshadow this day in their popularity. Quite honestly this is a shame, while the ascension certainly does not have the warm yuletide joy of Christmas, the drama of Holy Week or the profound significance of Easter it is none the less significant.

Ascension marks the beginning of a second era of sorts, the first era began with creation and ended with the arrival of Jesus in the world, with God’s people eagerly awaiting the arrival of their savior. This second era is different, it begins with the exit of Jesus from this world, and will end one day with the new creation and His return, however the people of God still eagerly await the return of our Savior.

Year after year we remember the day that Jesus left the Earth to sit at the right hand of the Father, and year after year we wait for His return. We eagerly wait for Jesus to once again walk among us, and when he does the disciples question to Jesus will finally be answered, “Lord are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” For when Christ returns he will certainly return the kingdom to Israel, however this kingdom will be the gathering of all who look to Jesus as their king, and he will rule over all of heaven and Earth in a kingdom which will have no end. Pain, suffering, and death will be no more and the people of God will live in a new paradise, one more amazing and spectacular than the first.

Perhaps this will be the last time the church remembers the Ascension, perhaps by this time next year our Lord will have returned. Perhaps the church still has another 2000 years to wait, we simply don’t know, but in the end the timeframe is not what is important, what is important is that we continue to work in this world in the ways God has laid out for us, all the while keeping one eye on the skies waiting for Christ to return.

Come soon Lord Jesus.

Written By: Vicar Jacob Berlinski