Today I finished reading Derek Prime‘s The Ascension: The Shout of a King. It is a book full of Jesus. I was constantly drawn in by Derek’s writing style and by the subject matter. Derek teaches the importance of Jesus’ ascension; the role He now plays in Heaven and the benefits He gives to His people because of that. Again and again, I was in thankful awe of God for the wonderful blessing we have as believers by the Man in Heaven who joyfully represents us.
To remain spiritually healthy and able to serve God, we need to keep our eyes fixed on our ascended King. To do less is to risk bringing Him dishonour, and disaster on ourselves.
Before I read this book, I had not appreciated all the blessings Christ’s ascension has brought to believers. Until Jesus ascended, the Father could not send the Holy Spirit. And if we did not have the Holy Spirit, how could we experience His daily power in our lives? How could we enjoy fellowship with God? When Jesus ascended, the promise was given that one day He will return in the same manner that He left: in the clouds (Acts 1:1-11).
Right now in Heaven, Jesus has many roles in which He blesses us. He is our Priest, our Intercessor, our Advocate (who will never lose a case!), the Great Shepherd of the sheep, His people’s Captain, our King and our Governor. And something very important that He does for us is to prepare a place for us. Isn’t it wonderful that He wants us to be with Him where He is? As Derek writes: ‘There is room for all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. The Lord of the universe has no problem when it comes to space!’
I was blessed by this book. I trust you will be too.