Jesus in Revelation (14)

Jesus ascends to heaven on the morning of His resurrection.

Jesus ascended to heaven on the day of His resurrection to enter the Most Holy and open the door for all. Unfortunately, all do not want to enter through the door Jesus opened. When Mary recognized Jesus in the garden, she fell at His feet. Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” John 20:17. Jesus spoke in the present tense, “I am ascending,” indicating that He ascended to heaven on the morning of His resurrection. Jesus, our High Priest, has just offered the sacrifice for our sin. Therefore, He had to enter the Most Holy to complete the removal of our sin from us. By ascending to heaven on the morning of His resurrection, Jesus completed His service as our High Priest. Now He rules the Kingdom of God as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Did Jesus ascend to heaven on the day of His resurrection?

“Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” John 20:19. Therefore, Jesus proved that He has ascended to heaven. Mary that morning could not touch Him, but now they can all touch and verify that He has the cross’s wounds. Chapter four (4) of the book of revelation describes the preparation for Jesus’ arrival to heaven to present Himself to the Father. This event fulfilled the prophecy given to Daniel.

“I was watching in the night vision, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.” Daniel 7:13. Daniel 7:14 states that Jesus received “dominion and glory and a kingdom.” When the disciples went to Galilee, as Jesus instructed them, there Jesus met them. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Mathew 28:18. Jesus confirmed that He has gone to heaven the day of His resurrection. Later, at the end of forty (40) days, Jesus ascended to heaven visibly.

John, after the message to the seven Churches, heard the same voice tell him, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1 Immediately, the Spirit transported John to heaven, where he observed, “One who sat on the throne.” John and the believers in the first century Church needed the assurance that Jesus did ascend to heaven, as He stated. John now sees Him in an indescribable glory. No words can describe the Glory of God. God’s greatest glory for the fallen and redeemed humankind is that He is always with us and walks among us. However, The greatest God’s glory is The selfless love He bestowed on us the sinners.

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Dan Lazich

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