Christ the Ascended King
‘Christ the Ascended King’ is the third message in a series of four. We’ve already looked at ‘Christ the Crucified King’ and ‘Christ the Resurrected King.’ Our focus has been on the Lordship of Jesus and how that truth lies at the very heart of our gospel. Jesus is the one who makes God’s rule on earth a possibility. By His death and resurrection Jesus has delivered us from the power of sin and brought us from death to life. He takes away our sin and rebellion and restores us as true sons and daughters of God Almighty. Now we are free to live under his authority and partner with him to bring heaven to earth.
The passage of Scripture we will keep coming back to is this:
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
My prayer for us all is that God would really speak to us through this series and that we would truly encounter our awesome King Jesus through it. I trust that this handout will help many of us to keep reflecting on the things that God is saying and to grow and change as a result.
Some main points
Here are some of the main points that were covered, along with some of the relevant Scriptures:
- Revelation 5:9-14 Jesus was certainly capable of bringing about the end of all things without us but that was not the plan and purpose of God. God’s plan has always been to have sons and daughters that partner with him. We can be sure that God’s plan will be accomplished.
- Acts 1:1-11 After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples on numerous occasions over a period of 40 days. He used that time to talk to them about the kingdom of God. Then, just before He ascended into heaven, Jesus promised them that they would be his witnesses and that the Holy Spirit would come on them to give them power.
- John 14:10-21 John 15:26,27 John 16:7-11 Jesus said that it was necessary for him to ascend into heaven so that He could give us the Holy Spirit. This was so that we could be part of what He is accomplishing in the earth.
- John 1:29-34 Acts 2:29-39 Baptism in the Holy Spirit is therefore not an optional extra or a secondary doctrine. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is God’s promise to every believer and an essential part of what Jesus came to make possible.
- Romans 8:31-39 Hebrews 7:23-28 Revelation 3:21 Jesus has not only poured out the Holy Spirit from heaven upon us but He is also in heaven right now interceding for us. He causes us to overcome and be part of his kingdom rule and reign.
Some questions to think about:
- Reading through the Scriptures above, what did Jesus accomplish for you personally when he ascended into heaven and poured out the Holy Spirit?
- Looking at the verses in John 14, 15 and 16 and thinking about Revelation 5:9-10, what does it mean for us to reign on the earth while Christ is in heaven?
- Have you been baptised in the Holy Spirit? Why is Baptism in the Holy Spirit so important? How can we build a culture in the church whereby Baptism in the Holy Spirit becomes the norm for everyone?
- Look at Romans 8:31-39. What difference does it make to know that Christ is in heaven interceding for you?
- Have you ever included the ascension of King Jesus in your sharing of the gospel? Why is the ascension an important part of the gospel?
Take it further
If you’d like to do some further study on Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives you might find the following website helpful: renewaltheology.net
You might enjoy listening to these worship songs (you can find them online):
You could spend some time thinking about ways of including the ascension when you share the good news that Jesus is King. You could then look for an opportunity to give it a go with someone who doesn’t yet know him!