THE LORD’S ASCENSION, OUR ASCENSION
“…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.’ And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’” (Acts 1: 8-11)
Did our Lord “really” ascend in the flesh; in His resurrected, physical, human body? He did indeed.
Of course, Christ didn’t “have to" be “lifted up” into the clouds, in order to sit at "the right hand” of the Father. Because “the right hand” of the Father is not limited to the clouds. But Christ chose to ascend visibly for us, in order to reveal to us the complete redemption and elevation, in Him, of the human body. I point this out for anyone infected with the teaching of some modern-day “theologians,” who, missing the whole point of the Ascension, aim to “de-mythologise” it for us as a mere “emblem in space and time of God’s eternal life.” No, it is a visible, physical demonstration of “our” eternal life, – more specifically, our eternal physicality, fully-redeemed in Christ. Because we believe not just in some spiritual resurrection, but a bodily one, as radical as that may sound to some.
“…And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.” Amen!