This Sunday, we read about Jesus being taken up to His Father in Heaven. Jesus' time on earth has come to an end, and His work on earth is finished. Having come from the Father to accomplish a specific mission, he returns to the Father having achieved what he was sent to do. And he was sent to save us from spiritual death and from our sins.
What does ascension mean?
But … why do we need to understand about Jesus' ascension to the Father?
Well, Jesus was raised from the dead by His Father, and we know that He appeared to His apostles several times in many ways and for forty days.
Jesus then continued to teach His disciples the many great things about the Kingdom of God, bringing His disciples together in one place in the upper room in Jerusalem. Jesus was to complete His last teachings, preparing them before He was to be taken up to heaven. So Ascension Sunday, in today's story, marks the end of Jesus life on earth. He returns to his Father.
But Jesus did an amazing thing before He was lifted up. Jesus had put the Apostles in charge of a great mission - He told them that they were to carry on the work that He had done. Jesus told the Apostles to:
- to go and proclaim the Good News about the Kingdom of God to everyone,
- to baptize the people,
- and to encourage them to do the many good things that Jesus had taught them to do.
Watch this video about Jesus' Ascension to Heaven
Celebrating Ascension Sunday
By exploring the Good News of Jesus in the Gospels.