“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Meaning of ascension of Jesus Christ for the believers:
- Do not let your hearts be troubled.
The ascension of Jesus reminds us not to worry. He sees everything from a higher standpoint than us, He knows everything about our lives. He was once a human – He can feel, and He has experienced everything we went through. And most importantly, He has control of our lives.
- Trusting God will become our main reason for us not to worry.
Trust the One which is the Source of life/the Creator of life.
- Trust the Intercessor, like how we trust the Creator.
Trust towards Jesus Christ, the defender that stands beside us – with hands pierced with nails so that the holes of our lives can be filled.
- Our lives in this world is only temporary, heaven is our real home.
Maximize our lives in this world every day. Manage and maximize what the Lord entrusts you today. However, guard our hearts so that we do not get attached to it. Remember, the things in this world are perishable. Heaven is the only one real and eternal.
- Lord Jesus promised to come back at His timing.
The resurrection of Christ guarantees our resurrection, His ascension guarantees our ascension. He will come back to raise us up to fulfill His Word. Place our faith and hope towards the Most High, so that we do not have a restless heart.
- Jesus went to heaven to prepare a heavenly ministry for us.
Jesus becomes the Defender and Intercessor for us in heaven. He leaves His Omnipresence, Omniscience, Omnipotent to the Holy Spirit with His Church.
- Jesus wants us to be with Him, wherever He is.
The most important thing is that we know the way to heaven, so that we can be where Jesus is.
- Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
There are so many religions and beliefs, but only Him is the way, the truth and the life.
Pay attention to the way of life that we walk, be sure the way we walk is favorable towards God. Live day by day in accordance to the Word of God.
Excerpted from Ps. Philip Mantofa’s sermon, Ascencion Day, 21 May 2020