THE ASCENSION

“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”            Romans 8:34 NIV

 

Why does the ascension matter to us today? Jesus prays for us. When Jesus ascended to heaven, He completed his earthly ministry and began His heavenly ministry of prayer and intercession for His people.

Now anytime someone tells me they are praying for me, I find that a wonderful help and encouragement. It is a great comfort knowing that our church family and Christian friends are praying for us in our time of need. The ascension tells us something even more amazing. Jesus Himself prays for us. In fact, that seems to be His main ministry in heaven today. We have the empty cross, the empty tomb, and the empty earth once again – Jesus died, was raised to life and ascended to the right hand of God. But what is Jesus doing at the right hand of God? He is interceding for us. He is praying for us. He is at the Father’s side, but He is still on our side. God is for us, not against us. What does Jesus pray for us? He prays for comfort and strength and peace and holiness. He prays that we will look to Him in times of trial. He prays that we will grow as a Christian and stand strong against temptation. Did you know that Jesus prays for you? He prayed for you this morning. He prayed for you last night. He is praying for you right now. It is probably the only reason you are still alive at this moment. Why does the ascension matter to us today? Because Jesus prays for us.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, we rejoice in Your Ascension and You praying for us.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, thank You that You pray for comfort and strength and peace and holiness for us. Thank You that You pray that we will look to You in times of trial. Thank You that You pray that we will grow as Christians and stand strong against temptation. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

2 Timothy 3

 

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