This Sunday we will conclude our Spring Easter Series, “The Jesus I Never Knew” with a look at the ascension of Jesus. When we speak of the ascension of Jesus, we are referring to the event in the life of Jesus in which he departed visibly from his disciples into heaven (see Acts 1:9-11). The ascension of Jesus became a foundational teaching in the church, and is included in all of the early church’s statements of faith. For example, The Apostle’s Creed, an early church statement of faith says that, “On the third day [He] rose again from the dead, ascended to heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, thence He will come to judge the living and the dead” (my emphasis).
After his resurrection, Jesus remained on earth for an intentional 40 day period. During this time, Jesus appeared to different groups of the disciples and He taught them and prepared them for the time when He would go back to the Father and they in turn, would go out into the world with the message of Jesus and His kingdom.
Understanding the ascension of Jesus is critical to our fully experiencing God in our daily lives. Impoverished we will be if we do not grasp the tremendous significance of Christ being seated at the right of the Father. How do we know the Lord whom we cannot see? How do we receive help from God in time of need? How do we communicate with the Lord who is risen and ascended? These questions find their answer in understanding the ascension of Jesus.
This Sunday, April 3rd at Carrollwood Baptist Church we will take a look at the Scripture passages below to “flesh-out” our understanding of the ascension of Jesus and the difference it makes in our lives.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love to have you worship with us at CBC where “All Are Welcomed!” Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Bible study for all ages is held at 9:15 a.m. CBC is conveniently located at 5395 Ehrlich Road, 1 mile east of the Veterans Expressway and 2.5 miles west of Dale Mabry Hwy. For more information, check out our website at Carrollwoodbaptist.org
Looking forward to worshiping the risen and ascended Lord this Sunday!
For His Glory, By His Grace!
Sunday’s Scripture Passages:
Hebrews 4:14-16; 10:11-12, 14
John 16:7; 14:16
Romans 8:26-27, 34