Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 13, 2010

7 Reasons the Ascension of Christ was Necessary

1.   The Ascension of the Lord Jesus was necessary because His earthly mission was completed.

He came to do His Father’s will, look up Psalm 40:8, and this was to die upon Calvary’s Cross for the sins of men, look up John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:26 and 1 Peter 2:24. In anticipation of this, He prayed, John 17:4. In the process of doing this He said, John 19:30! When the work was actually finished, He ascended and “sat down . . .”, look up Hebrews 1:3 and 10:11-12.

2.   The Ascension of the Lord Jesus was necessary in order that He might take up His priestly office.

It was only His earthly work that was finished, His heavenly work had not yet started. It was necessary for Him to ascend in order that He might begin this work, His priestly work. As our great High Priest He stands now in the presence of God as our Advocate, look up  1 John 2:1; and our Mediator, look up 1 Timothy 2:5. By Him alone we have access to the Father, look up John 14:6. He intercedes for us, look up Hebrews 7:25. Because He is our living ascended Lord, He keeps us from falling, look up Hebrews 4:14-16 and Jude 24.

3.   The Ascension of the Lord Jesus was necessary in order that He might prepare our Heavenly Home.

Look up John 14:2. Yes, at His ascension the  Bridegroom went to prepare a place for His Bride. He has been engaged in that work of preparation for 1900 years. Heaven is a wonderful place! Where Christ our Forerunner has gone, His people may and will also go! Look up Hebrews 6:20. Is this your joyful prospect?

4.   The Ascension of the Lord Jesus was necessary before He could send the Holy Spirit.

See what John the Baptist said, Matthew 3:11. But this promise could not be fulfilled until the Lord Jesus       ascended, look up John 7:39 and John 16:7. The   Christian life is the life of the Lord Jesus in us by the power of the Holy Spirit, and this could only be made possible by the ascension of the Lord.

5.   The Ascension of the Lord Jesus was necessary in order that “greater works” might be done.

Look up the wonderful promise in John 14:12. His earthly body was local; His mystical body, the Church, is universal. While He walked the earth He ministered in only one place at a time, He was localized by an earthly body; but because He ascended and poured out His Spirit and gave gifts to men, He is now able to work through millions of human bodies, see               Mark 16:19-20.

6.   The Ascension of the Lord Jesus was necessary in order that every Christian, everywhere, might enjoy His continual Presence.

Matthew 18:20; Matthew 28:20 and Hebrews 13:5-6 could only be possible if He ascended. How wonderful! He is with me . . . Now! In my joys, look up John 2:1-11; in my sorrows, look up Isaiah 43:2; in my testings, look up Matthew 14:27; and in my departing, look up Psalm 23:4.

7.   The Ascension of the Lord Jesus is necessary in order that we might have a pledge of His sure and certain return.

He said, “If I go . . . I will come again”, look up  John 14:2-3, and compare Acts 1:9-11. He has gone . . . and we can be quite sure that He will come again!


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