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Come Up! Acts 1:9-11

May 9, 2013 by Pito


       When Jesus arrived in heaven, into the throne room of the Almighty, He was crowned with universal dominion and glory and majesty and might, world without end – forever.  Daniel 7:13-14.

     The New Testament teaches this as well (Revelation 4-5), and teaches further that we believers have a new birthright portion of this dominion and glory. We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph. 1:3.

   This is why our prayers are heard. This is why our souls have a heavenly security, beyond the reach of anything that stings or harms. All of Christ for all of life.

   Why are all these things ours? Because Jesus ascended and is enthroned in heaven. He ascended because He was raised from the dead and He was raised from the dead because He was crucified and He was crucified to make all things yours.

   The ascension of Jesus as a man speaks of the ascension of a new humanity in Him. A man, one of us, is in heaven, the highest heaven and we are in Him. The risen Lord is here and bids us to come up. Our coming up into heavenly places each week is a foretaste of our coming up at the end of our lives. We rejoice that we get to “come up” before we “come up.” We experience the presence of God here and now, before we are called into His immediate presence at the end of our pilgrimage down here.

      Going up is a good thing, but what about going down? It all depends on what you are talking about. When Jonah went down, it was not good. He went down to Joppa.  He was running away from God’s command. He went down to a ship. He went down into a ship. He went down into the sea, He went down into the belly of the sea monster. He said he went down into Sheol. So when you are running from God, down is not a good way to go.

    On the other hand, Jesus came down from heaven to earth to minister to us and to give His life a ransom for many. If He had not come down, we would not ever be able to go up. He first came up from the grave and so will we. He ascended into heaven and so will we. He calls us this morning to spiritually ascend to heavenly places and that is why we are here.

   Our time on earth, except for corporate worship, is basically a time of down, of humiliation, of service to our Lord, of service to others. This also includes suffering for righteousness sake and suffering for our own foolishness.

    We must obey and serve during the time of our earthly pilgrimage, building His kingdom by re-creating all of life in the power of the Spirit. We are called to participate in the greatest adventure ever; crushing the head of the serpent, inheriting eternal life, and most importantly, knowing Jesus and His love.


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