Week 31, Day 1 and Day 2
August 1 and 2, 2022
Scripture: Luke 24, 1 Corinthians 1
The ascension of Christ is sometimes overlooked in our retelling of Christ’s story. The ascension though, is literally the crowning achievement of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. He is the one with all authority in heaven and earth. He is crowned in heaven as our Lord and King!
“When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.” (Luke 24:50–53, TNIV)
We see he is worthy of all praise and glory and honor.
The ascension is what gives weight to these words of Paul:
“He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:8–9, TNIV)
The one who has ascended to the right hand of God is also the one who holds us together, firm to the end.
“God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let those who boast boast in the Lord.”” (1 Corinthians 1:28–31, TNIV)
Jesus becomes who we boast. We celebrate the risen and ascended Lord. He holds us. He is our righteousness. He is our hope.
Worship and celebrate him who holds us together.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.