Luke-The Investigative Gospel
The Ascension Of Jesus
The ascension of Jesus in Luke 24:50-53 shows us the remarkable manner in which Jesus left his disciples.
I. The Benediction at Jesus’ Ascension (Luke 24:50-51)
What a glorious forty days that must have been for the apostles!
The “Coming” and the “Going:: between them they sum up Luke’s message of salvation.
Jesus’ benediction upon his disciples as he parted from them and was carried up into heaven was intended to remind them of all that he came to do when he came to seek and to save the lost.
They must ever be dismissed in the name of the Lord with the assurance of the power and presence of the Triune God to accompany them always.
II. The Reaction to Jesus’ Ascension (Luke 24:52-53)
How did this company of weak disciples, now left for the first time like orphans in the midst of a hostile world, not give in to despair but instead react with great joy?
The remedy is to look to Jesus and remind ourselves of who he is and what he has done to rescue us from the world, the flesh, and the devil.
III. The Implications of Jesus’ Ascension
A. The Ascension of Jesus Marked the Completion of the Work of Salvation
There is nothing to be added to what Jesus has done to save sinners.
B. The Ascension of Jesus Marked the End of His Limitations
After Jesus completed his work of salvation on earth, he ascended to heaven to be with his Father again, and to return to the glory he had before he left heaven.
C. The Ascension of Jesus Signaled the Sending of the Holy Spirit
D. The Ascension of Jesus Marked the Start of His Preparing Believers’ Heavenly Home
E. The Ascension of Jesus Marked the Passing of the Work of Evangelism to His Followers
The Acts of the Apostles, describes Jesus’ work that was continued through his apostles, and the rest of the New Testament describes how Jesus’ Church is to continue the work of evangelism until he returns.