Mark 16:19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
How indescribable this event must have been!
The resurrected Christ—who has appeared to hundreds of his followers over the past 40 days—now ascends to his place of honor and authority at his Father’s side. The conventional sense that heaven is “up” is certainly more figurative than literal, but it conveys the supremacy and majesty of God’s dwelling place.
Luke also records the ascension of Jesus at the end of his gospel (Luke 24:50-51) as well as in the prologue of the book of Acts (Acts 1:1-11).
This passage concludes by proclaiming that the Lord’s Spirit worked through his disciples to accomplish the Great Commission he had given them. The Good News that Mark heralds in the first chapter of this gospel is now being amplified to the whole world by the end of his story.
Jesus’ ascension puts to rest any possible doubts about his divinity. He reclaims the throne he abandoned on our behalf. He returns to heaven as both Son of Man and Son of God—championing our prayers and guarding our hearts until he returns again to inaugurate a new heaven and new earth.
In this sense, while the end of the story is known, there is still much to be written.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to purchase me a place in your story. Thank you for sending your Spirit to empower me to be your faithful witness. Make me an instrument of your peace in this world until your Kingdom comes in fullness. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.