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Milestones With The Master

His Ascension

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | April 17, 1977

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The last key event in the life of Jesus on Earth was His ascension into heaven; it was the climax of His life and ministry. Pastor Wiersbe explains what the ascension meant to Jesus Himself, to believers today, and to the entire world. 

When Jesus went to heaven, He was not leaving us alone. Rather, He returned to glory so that He could build believers up in Him.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

The last key event in the life of Jesus on Earth was His ascension into heaven.

The logical climax of Jesus’ life and ministry on Earth was His ascension.

Three basic meanings of Jesus’ ascension:

-       Exaltation: What the ascension meant to Christ.

  • Jesus existed before He was born, so the ascension meant returning to glory in heaven.
  • Jesus loved the people He ministered to, but He suffered by living with sinners who rejected Him.
  • Jesus talked about future glory even in the midst of suffering.
  • Jesus assured His disciples that He knew He was returning to the Father.
  • The Christ who is watching over us is King of kings and Lord of lords, and He has all authority in heaven and on Earth.

-       Edification: What the ascension means to believers today.

  • Jesus is and always has been a builder. He built all of creation and today He is building His church, people, and home in heaven.
  • Jesus edifies us, teaches us, and prays for us in order to build His church.
  • Our home in heaven will be better than anything we know.
  • The ascension means that we can have peace and assurance because we know Jesus is building believers up in Him.

-       Condemnation: What the ascension means to the world at large.

  • The presence of the Holy Spirit in the world means judgment because He speaks of the sin of the world and the righteousness of Christ.
  • Jesus should be on Earth reigning, but the world did not want Him.

As believers, our citizenship, treasure, and glory are all in heaven, not on Earth.

The Holy Spirit wants to witness through us that God gives forgiveness to sinners.

The message of salvation should never lose its wonder and thrill.

We are ambassadors of peace in a world at war with God.

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