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Why do you think that the church does not give much attention to the Ascension? Brenda Johnson shares the benefits of the Ascension of Christ to every believer. A Classic ! Encouraging ! ...

Why do you think that the church does not give much attention to the Ascension? Brenda Johnson shares the benefits of the Ascension of Christ to every believer. A Classic ! Encouraging ! Inspirational.

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    • 1The Importance of theAscension of Christ“We have a settled confidence”Author SpeakerBrenda Johnson
    • 2CopyrightAll Rights ReservedNot for commercial useAs the Day Approaches InternationalBrenda JohnsonPublished byBeyond the Veil Prophetic Ministries International
    • 3The Importance of theAscension of Christ“We have a settled confidence”Author SpeakerBrenda Johnson
    • 4ContactBrenda JohnsonFace Book
    • 5Table of ContentsThe Importance of the Ascension ofChrist ..................................................... 1“We have a settled confidence” ....... 1Copyright............................................... 2All Rights Reserved .......................... 2The Importance of the Ascension ofChrist ..................................................... 3“We have a settled confidence” ....... 3Contact................................................... 4Table of Contents.................................. 5Chapter One.......................................... 6“Jesus Left Them”....................... 6Chapter Two.......................................... 9“Filled With Joy”......................... 9Chapter Three..................................... 14Chapter Four....................................... 19NOTES: ............................................... 22
    • 6Chapter One“Jesus Left Them”Then He led them out as far asBethany, and lifting up His handsHe blessed them. And while He wasblessing them, He left them and wascarried up into heaven. Afterworshiping Him, they returned toJerusalem with great joy; they werecontinually in the temple complexpraising God.
    • 7Jesus’ ascension does not receive asmuch attention as other aspects ofHis life. We celebrate His birthbecause that is when God becameman. We celebrate His sacrificialdeath because we receiveforgiveness of sin.We celebrate His resurrectionbecause death is defeated and ournew life is won. In addition, formost Christians and churches, thatis where it stops. Very little thoughtis given to Christ’s ascension to theright hand of God the Father.
    • 8Why do you think that the churchdoes not give much attention to theascension?
    • 9Chapter Two“Filled With Joy”For Luke, the Ascension was asignificant moment in the disciples’personal transformation and theadvancement of the Gospel throughthe church.Luke emphasized the importance ofthe ascension by ending his Gospelwith this event, and beginning hissecond volume, Acts, with it.
    • 10The Ascension had a profoundimpact on the disciples. Up to themoment that Jesus ascended toheaven, the disciples seemed to bepuzzled, trying to figure it all out.However, after the Ascension theyworshiped Him.The disciples traveled back toJerusalem with great joy. As well,the disciples maintained a regularpresence in the temple worshipingGod.
    • 11At first, the disciples’ reaction toJesus’ Ascension may catch us offguard. Jesus had just ―left them.‖Yet they are happy—―filled withjoy.‖Why this reaction? After all, whenJesus told them at the end of John13 that He would soon leave them,they were deeply disturbed. Thus,He encouraged them (John 14-17)by teaching them about the ministryof the Holy Spirit. Jesus kept themfrom the brink of utter despair by
    • 12saying, “You are not losing Me,but I am going to be with you in adifferent way through my Spirit.”The ascension of Jesus produced“joy” because the disciples realizedwhat amazing benefits would cometo them when Jesus returned to theFather.When Jesus ascended, all thepromises regarding the Spirit’sministry to the disciples were aboutto be fulfilled. The disciples
    • 13accepted His ascension, for theyhad accepted Jesus’ Word about thePromised One to come. Theirdoubts and fears were gone. Theywere convinced of whom He was.The disciples knew that He died toforgive them of their sins. Thedisciples knew He was alive fromthe dead. In His resurrection, thedisciples had hope in victory overdeath, as the disciples trusted Him.For these reasons, Jesus’ departuregave the disciples joy.
    • 14Chapter Three“Benefits of the Ascension”The benefits of the Ascension aremany:When Jesus ascended and sat downat the Father’s right hand, Heverified the accomplishment of thelife, death, and resurrection ofJesus, and confirmed that the finalpayment of sin had been made. Letus read the Book of Hebrews 10:11-14, together on the following page.
    • 15I will be sharing from the KingJames Version Bible our readingtogether.“And every priest standeth dailyministering and offeringoftentimes the same sacrifices,which can never take away sins:12But this man, after he hadoffered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand ofGod;
    • 1613From henceforth expecting tillhis enemies be made his footstool.14For by one offering he hathperfected for ever them that aresanctified.”Another benefit of the ascension ofJesus to the disciples, and those thatbelieve in Him is this thought,“When Jesus ascended, theintercessory work of Jesus onbehalf of His people began.”
    • 17In this ministry, we are assured thatwe will always have access to theFather forever.I John 2:1 reads, “My littlechildren, these things write I untoyou, that ye sin not. And if anyman sin, we have an advocate withthe Father, Jesus Christ therighteous.”As we consider more of the benefitsfor the believer, and the joy of thedisciples we can also reflect uponthis thought.
    • 18That is, “When Jesus ascended,His eternal reign over all enemiesbegan.”As Peter wrote, “Now that He hasgone into heaven, He is at God’sright hand with angels, authorities,and powers subject to Him.‖ (1Peter 3:22)
    • 19Chapter Four“Settled Confidence”Finally, when Jesus Ascended thechurch and its ministry wasempowered to accomplish itsmission.Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:20–23,“[God the Father] put everythingunder His feet and appointed Himas head over everything for thechurch, which is His body, the
    • 20fullness of the One who fills allthings in every way.”Jesus Christ is the King of theuniverse, and there is nothing Satancan do about it.What Satan can do is tempt us toforget about Jesus as King. He usesa thousand tricks to do it, but he isafter one thing—to eclipse ourpresent awareness of who Jesus isand where He is.
    • 21In the book of Acts, Stephen, whilebeing stoned, looked up into theheaven and saw Jesus sitting at theright hand of the Father. The NewTestament points us to this picture,so that we will have a settledconfidence that Jesus our Savior isthe King over all things.
    • 22NOTES:
    • 23
    • 24Then He led them out as far as Bethany, andlifting up His hands He blessed them. Andwhile He was blessing them, He left them andwas carried up into heaven. After worshipingHim, they returned to Jerusalem with greatjoy. And they were continually in the templecomplex praising God.Jesus’ ascension does not receive as muchattention as other aspects of His life. Wecelebrate His birth because that is when Godbecame man. We celebrate His sacrificialdeath because we receive forgiveness of sin.We celebrate His resurrection because deathis defeated and our new life is won. But formost Christians and churches, that is where itstops. Very little thought is given to Christ’s
    • 25ascension to the right hand of God theFather.Why do you think that the church does notgive much attention to the ascension?For Luke, the ascension was a significantmoment in the disciples’ personaltransformation and the advance of the gospelthrough the church. He emphasized theimportance of the ascension by ending hisGospel with this event, and beginning hissecond volume, Acts, with it.The ascension had a profound impact on thedisciples. Up to the moment that Jesusascended to heaven, the disciples seemed tobe puzzled, trying to figure it all out. But after
    • 26the ascension, they worshiped Him. Theytraveled back to Jerusalem with great joy.They maintained a regular presence in thetemple—worshiping God.At first, the disciples’ reaction to Jesus’ascension may catch us off guard. Jesus hadjust ―left them.‖ And yet they are happy—―filled with joy‖. Why this reaction? After all,when Jesus told them at the end of John 13that He would soon leave them, they weredeeply disturbed. Thus, He encouraged them(John 14-17) by teaching them about theministry of the Holy Spirit. He kept them fromthe brink of utter despair by saying, ―You arenot losing Me, but I am going to be with youin a different way through my Spirit.‖
    • 27The ascension of Jesus produced ―joy‖because the disciples realized what amazingbenefits would come to them when Jesusreturned to the Father.When Jesus ascended, all the promisesregarding the Spirit’s ministry to the discipleswere about to be fulfilled. The disciplesaccepted His ascension, for they hadaccepted Jesus’ Word about the PromisedOne to come. Their doubts and fears weregone. They were convinced of who He was.They knew that He died to forgive them oftheir sins. They knew He was alive from thedead. In His resurrection, they had hope invictory over death. They trusted Him. Forthese reasons, Jesus’ departure gave thedisciples joy.
    • 28The benefits of the ascension are many:When Jesus ascended and sat down at theFather’s right hand, He verified theaccomplishment of the life, death, andresurrection of Jesus, and confirmed that thefinal payment of sin had been made(Hebrews 10:11-14).When Jesus ascended, the intercessory workof Jesus on behalf of His people began. Inthis ministry, that we are assured that we willalways have access to the Father forever (1John 2:1).When Jesus ascended, His eternal reign overall enemies began. As Peter wrote, ―Now that
    • 29He has gone into heaven, He is at God’s righthand with angels, authorities, and powerssubject to Him‖ (1 Peter 3:22).Finally, when Jesus ascended, the church andits ministry was empowered to accomplish itsmission. Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:20–23:―[God the Father] put everything under Hisfeet and appointed Him as head overeverything for the church, which is His body,the fullness of the One who fills all things inevery way.‖Jesus Christ is the King of the universe, andthere is nothing Satan can do about it. WhatSatan can do is tempt us to forget aboutJesus as King. He uses a thousand tricks todo it, but he is after one thing—to eclipse our
    • 30present awareness of who Jesus is and whereHe is. In the book of Acts, Stephen, whilebeing stoned, looked up into the heaven andsaw Jesus sitting at the right hand of theFather. The New Testament points us to thispicture, so that we will have a settledconfidence that Jesus our Savior is the Kingover all things.