Ascension Day

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

From Pastor Becker’s heart to yours…..

What is special about May 5th this year? Clue: what happens 40 days after Easter? You are correct – The Ascension of our Lord!
Why do we make such a big deal out of Ascension Day? Several reasons:
The writer of Hebrews says of our Lord Jesus, “But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.”

  • But this man; the same man who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried, this man who rose on the third day, this man who was like us in every way except sin, now 40 days after his glorious resurrection has ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • After offering one sacrifice for sins forever; this summarizes so well the meaning of what happened on Good Friday, what we try to say with words like salvation and redemption, one sacrifice was efficacious because Jesus is true man AND true God, for ALL SINS – no exceptions, forever – without limit, assurance of eternal life.
  • Sat down at the right hand of God. One of our hymns says, “Man with God is on the throne” and in “Christ’s Ascension we by faith behold our own” At the right hand of the Father, Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, prays for us, and from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead on the Last Day.

I’m not sure why Pr. Steven Starke’s hymn about Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father was placed in the Sanctification section, but I’m glad I found it for this article

1.     Christ sits at God’s right hand, His saving work complete, To reign till ev’ry foe will lie Beneath His feet— All that the Father planned, The Son sought to fulfill, When first He said, “Lord, here am I To do Your will.”
6.     All praise to Christ we bring, Our Lord who intercedes, Our great High  Priest enthroned above Who knows our needs; And to the Father sing Our songs of thankful praise, Who with the Spirit reigns in love For endless days.

© 2002 Stephen P. Starke. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100010138.

Pastor Paul Becker
Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.