FROM ASCENSION TO PENTECOST

Ascension MIRACLE

 

jesus_returns_to_the_fatherJust as the Virgin Birth, Passover, Resurrection are in every way miracles we celebrate regularly, Ascension day is by no means  any less in importance.

 

It is an event that marked a glorious ELEVATION of our risen LORD from the earth blissfully making way for the much anticipated HOLY SPIRIT who was to come after HIM.  JESUS had spoken so much about HOLY SPIRIT, that although the disciples were initially quite worried about his imminent departure, so good was the credentials cited by the Risen Lord that it must have been easy to receive and welcome HIM.

 

John 14:16
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—

 

But all this would not happen unless Jesus  first went back to the Father

 

Here are some scriptures that reveal the excitement and benefit of this event

 

FACTS ABOUT ASCENSION DAY 

 

1.    IT PAVED THE WAY FOR HOLY SPIRIT TO COME

 

John 16:7
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

 

ASCENSION USHERED THE MUCH AWAITED HOLY SPIRIT AGE / DISPENSATION

 

2.    IT WAS A SPECTACULAR EVENT

 

Acts 1:9-11
After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

 

3.    IT WAS GOING TO BE THE BEGINNING OF THE MUCH TREASURED INTERCESSORY LIFE OF OUR LORD

 

Romans 8:34
Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?

 

4.    IT SET IN MOTION THE BLESSING OF THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY

 

Ephesians 4:9-13
(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

 

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

 

5.    IT ELEVATES ALL WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST

 

Hebrews 8:1-2
Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

 

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