Ascension and Pentecost: Ruled from Heaven, Fed from His Table
Pastor Jacob Dandy
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he
dwells with you and will be in you.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
“You’re my right hand man!” Have you ever heard anyone say this to you? A boss or some other leader? It is a big deal to be someone’s right hand. It means that all their power and authority has been entrusted to you. Can you imagine the president giving you “right hand” authority? How about a CEO of a major cooperation? Perhaps an admiral or general? Being able to exercise that kind of power would be a big deal! Now imagine if God gave you that sort of authority. Imagine the throne in heaven. Who is worthy to be seated upon it?
God’s throne is not vacant. We have celebrated Holy Week and Easter. Christ has died and risen in our Church year. This is a great time for us as we remember and live in the great saving work of Jesus. However that great saving action is not over with. Jesus did not just do something 2,000 years ago just to leave us to our own devices. Jesus is still doing something. At the precipice of this great time in the church year is Ascension, where we look back to the fullness of glory Christ demonstrated by leaving Earth to be seated at the right hand of the Father. He is ruling over creation. He is ruling over His Church. The Risen Jesus still lives and rules over all things!
As he rules He is not far from His subjects. He does not distance Himself from the world of creatures He so desperately cares for. Ten days after the Ascension is the Sunday of Pentecost. This is the day that we remember that Jesus is not far from His Church, but He sends His Helper to us to care for us. It is when we recall that even though Christ is reigning in heaven, He still brings His gifts to us here as we live in a still fallen and sinful creation. His Spirit of truth feeds us with the gifts won for us from the cross and the empty tomb and those gifts keep in the one true faith.
The ruler of all creation is constantly making Himself available to us. As we are powerless in this sinful world He has power and authority over everything. As we are lost, He knows ever nook and cranny and has sent His Spirit to find us and feed us. As we are nothing, He is everything. He gives everything to you. You are bound to Him and he reigns over all things. By the power of His Spirit, you eat Him and you drink Him. By doing this, you grow to be more like Him. Some day soon, we will all gather around His eternal throne and live with Him forever.
“[He] ascended into heaven, and sits on 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.”