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Christ's activeness in His ascension testifies of the truth that He has all power in heaven and in earth. Jesus' passiveness reveals His Father's infinite love for His Son and total acceptance of His work.

Jesus' spirit returned to God the moment He died on the cross, after He cried, "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit." The joy of this event, however, was tempered by its incompleteness - His body was lying in humiliation in the grave.

Who can describe the joy in heaven when Christ ascended with soul and body and entered heaven as the triumphant King of His Church - as the Great Conqueror of Satan, sin, world, death, grave, and hell!

    When David returned from conquering Goliath and the defeat of the Philistines, we read: "that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands" (1 Samuel 18:6b-7).

    When the ark of the LORD was brought into Jerusalem we read that "David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet" (11 Samuel 6:14-15).

    If these are biblical descriptions of the joyful celebrations connected with earthly events, what heavenly joyous celebrations must have accompanied the greater King David's - the Living Ark's - triumphal entry into the heavenly Jerusalem after crushing the spiritual giant that defied the people of God and blasphemed the Almighty!

    Citizens rejoice in the victorious accomplishments of their kings. Do you rejoice in Christ's ascension? How is your answer to this question a sign of your spiritual citizenship?





Will the ascension of God's people into heaven be an active or passive ascension? Why?



 

God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

- Psalm 47:5

Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

- Psalm 68:18

 


Why do the citizens in Christ's kingdom rejoice in the victories of their King?


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