Ascension – Luke 24:36-53 – Sermon Notes

The disciples think they’re seeing a ghost so Jesus asked them to touch him. He then showed them that he eats. All that had happened was planned (v44). Jesus opened their minds (v45). For us to understand the scriptures, it’s not about us being clever, it’s about our minds being opened by the Holy Spirit. It’s a good thing to pray (Psalm 119:18). We get a brief description of the Ascension. The disciples worshipped and obeyed him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

What about the Ascension?

Where is Jesus now? In heaven (Acts 1:11). He’s at the right hand of God (Acts 2:33). It’s the place where he has the approval and worship of heaven. In what form is Jesus there? Before he ascended to heaven, he had a scarred body. It’s impossible for us to describe what he looks like in heaven. All the fullness of the Godhead lives in bodily form (Colossians 2).

What’s happened as a result?

John gives us a look back in John 7:37. Jesus is teaching the Jews and he wants them to know who he is. He explained to the disciples that the Spirit would be with them and in them. On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), they were speaking in native languages because the Spirit had been poured out.

What is Jesus doing in heaven?

1 Timothy 2:5-6 – as well as being our mediator, he’s also our advocate (1 John 2:1-2). An advocate doesn’t just speak for you, they’ll tell you what kind of case you have. We’re guilty sinners but our advocate pleads his righteousness which becomes ours. He’s our great high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). We have one who was tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin. It’s a throne of grace and he is there for us. Jesus is preparing a place for us (John 14:13).

What does all this mean?

Through him, we have access to the Father by one Spirit. We get through to the throne. That’s what Jesus has achieved by his ascension. Let us set our hearts on heavenly things.

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