I was going to college, and I really didn’t like the town, the classes, my professors, or much anything else. It was the first time I had been separated from my family, and my father had been seriously ill. I was separated from my friends. I was homesick. Plus, I had to take a job that I didn’t really like. I felt that I couldn’t do anything about my situation. Perhaps you have also found yourself in a similar situation; and I sometimes wonder if Jesus felt the same.
I managed to graduate, and then I went on to the seminary. I graduated and then became a pastor—what I long wanted to be. (And by the way, this is why you are reading this devotion.) Becoming a pastor is what I truly wanted to do with my life.
Jesus had dreams and desires, too. He successfully fought against the temptations of Satan, endured the agonies of a Roman crucifixion, lay dead in a borrowed tomb, and then rose victorious over sin, death, and the devil on Easter morning. Jesus didn’t have to do these things, but because He loved all people, He willingly gave Himself over to that ugly, pain-filled life and death.
The Psalmist said it well: “God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.” Jesus Christ is THAT SHOUT, THAT SOUND OF A TRUMPET!
What should we do or say in response? The Psalmist said it well: “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!” Jesus’ ascension is God’s confirmation of all Jesus did and His approval of all Jesus promises. Sometimes that is all there is to do. So, on Ascension Day we celebrate the victory of our Lord and Savior!
We pray: On Ascension Day we celebrate Jesus’ victory and our salvation! We thank You for this gift of grace and ask Your continued blessings for all Jesus’ followers. In His name we pray. Amen.