Weekly Pastoral Message prepared by Rev. Murray Adamthwaite
for Sunday 20th April 1997
From the Pastor: The Ascension I
In the English-speaking churches, outside the Anglican church, the Ascension is
often disregarded in the traditional church calendar. Whether we follow the
"Christian year" or not, this lack of regard is unfortunate. While the event of
the Ascension is recorded only in Luke 24:50-1, and Acts 1:1-11, the fact
is everywhere presupposed, and this aspect alone should make us to reflect on
Briefly put, the significance of the Ascension can be summarized thus:
2. It marks the beginning of His reign of grace and the extension of
His kingdom by the Gospel, (1 Corinthians 15:25).
3. It marks the beginning of His intercession for the saints before
the throne of God, (Hebrews 9:24).
4. It marks the prelude to His glorious return, which will be from
heaven, (Acts 1:11).
In short, without the Ascension the Christian Church would never have begun,
the Christian life would be impossible, and "waiting for His Son from heaven"
(1 Thessalonians 1:10) would be pointless. So let us sing out the glory of
Christ, who ascended into heaven.