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Don Stewart :: What Is the Meaning of the Ascension?

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Don Stewart

The ascension of Christ is significant for a number of reasons. They include the following.

It Was The End Of Jesus' Earthly Ministry

But what does all this signify? First, the ascension meant the end of the earthly ministry of Christ. The last act He performed before taking His place in heaven was the ascension. It was the culmination of His first coming.

We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not humanity (Hebrews 8:1,2).

All that Jesus had set out to do had been accomplished.

Jesus Returned To His Former Residence

It was also Jesus' return to the place of His former residence and, again, taking hold of what was rightfully His. During His time on earth, Jesus had certain self-imposed limitations. For example, He limited Himself to being at only one particular place at a time.

Once He ascended to the Father in heaven these limitations were no longer in force. He is now the risen Lord, awaiting the time He will return and claim what is rightfully His.

Jesus Was Received By The Father

The fact that Jesus ascended into heaven and remained there is also of great significance. God the Father received Jesus back into His presence. This gave evidence to the fact that Jesus' earthly ministry was acceptable. The Scripture records that the work of Jesus had been finished, and finished in a way that is satisfies God the Father.


Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. He did this in the presence of his disciples. This marked the end of his earthly ministry. He completed all that he had set out to accomplish. He took up his former residence at the right hand, or place of authority, next to God the Father. When he was being stoned to death, the martyr Stephen later saw Jesus next to the Father. The fact that Jesus remained next to the Father demonstrates that the Father received his sacrifice as sufficient.

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