Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:Luke 24:44-53
After his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven. However, we rarely stop to consider how, without the ascension, we would largely be unplugged from the overwhelming benefits of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. What happened on that day 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead? What does it mean and what difference does it make for us? What are we to make of it all?
Three things stand out about Jesus’ ascension:
- The power of it
- His presence through it
- Our participation because of it
- What comes to mind when you think of Jesus’ ascension? Does it seem like an essential element or a secondary theological add on to what is really important about what Jesus did?
- Have you ever considered the fact that, through Jesus, there is now flesh and blood in heaven? What difference does it make to you when you think about the resurrected, incarnate Jesus being in heaven?
- How might Jesus’ reign as king of creation and humanity affects your life today? If he, who was so for you in his life, is now given all power and authority in heaven, what do you suppose that means for how he will handle the details of your most difficult circumstances?
- Jesus has taken his resurrected flesh into the throne room of heaven. He is fully present as God and Human. As a result, he can be fully present at all times and in all places at the same time. What difference does it make to you to know that now no one can ever take Jesus away from those who believe in him?
- Jesus now “always lives to make intercession for them (us)” Hebrews 7:25 What comfort is it to you to know that Jesus is always advocating for you and your life before the Father? Why might this give you a renewed confidence?
- Do you know anyone who might be encouraged by considering the value of Jesus’ ascension? How could you share this event with them?
- The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.
Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (tglenn@StAndrews.Church).