04.06.2014. Deacon Says: A Blog by Deacon Bruce McElrath.

WHY DID HE LEAVE?

One of the best stories in the bible is the story of Jesus ascending into heaven. Can’t you just visualized Jesus slowly rising above the earth with hands outstretched in blessing. Have you ever wondered why He went up visibly instead of instantly disappearing as He had done at other times after His resurrection? Have you ever wondered where heaven is located and what Jesus is doing there now?

Why did Jesus ascend visibly? Perhaps to show that His earthly ministry was completed and that He would no longer be seen by His disciples. He had paid the price for sin (Romans 5:8), defeated Satan (Hebrews 2:14), and broken the power of death (Revelation 1:18). He had given His followers all the evidence and instruction they needed to live for Him (Acts 1:1-3).

What did He ascend to do? To give “gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:8), to send the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33), to be our Intercessor (Romans 8:34) an Advocate (1John 2:1), and to take up His role as Head of the church (Ephesians 1:20-23).

Where is heaven? Some of us probably think of it as a place millions of miles away in outer space. But, I think of it as a realm near as hand but undetectable. We know Jesus is there, and someday we’ll be there too. This fills our hearts with gratitude and praise. How wonderful that we have an ascended Savior!

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Deacon Bruce