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Thursday, 4 October 2012

What the Ascension means for believers (Eph. 4:8-10)

First, it means that their eternal inheritance has been secured for them. Jesus went to heaven as the forerunner of his people. The idea behind this word is of a person who goes ahead to lay claim on the land that would become the possession of his family. Because Jesus is there, we know that the land is ours. We can imagine an emigrant in the nineteenth century going off to Canada or Australia to find a better home for his family. He makes the journey and claims his territory. Then he writes home and tells his wife and family to come and join him. Although she cannot hear his voice, she can depend on the letter from the one who loves her. That is similar to what Jesus has done. He has gone to claim an inheritance for his bride or for his brothers and has sent word (in the Bible) to come and join him. And we are able to look ahead to the guaranteed inheritance, despite the problems of the journey.

Secondly, because Jesus has ascended to heaven, it means that he can send to his people samples of the life of the heavenly world. The emigrant in our illustration could send samples of the wealth of his new country in order to help his wife and family. And Jesus, by the Spirit, enables us now to taste of the fruits of Paradise.

Thirdly, because Jesus has ascended to heaven, he will be there to meet us as we enter at the end of our lives. Not only will he meet us, but he will greet us with a warm welcome. This will be a wonderful experience, one to which we should be looking forward. When the wife and family reached the inheritance, would they want to see first the inheritance or her husband? The answer is the husband. It is the same with us as Christians – we want to see Jesus, our eternal Lover.

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