Topic: Jesus Returns To The Order Of The Infinite And Eternal
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
Acts 1:9 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:9 Translation (NLT) — 9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.
Acts 1:9 (NIV) — 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight
Acts 1:9 (MSG) — 9 These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud.
Thoughts of Devotion:
In this portion of Scripture we see Jesus ends his earthly ministry. The work that the Father had given him to fulfill on this earth was over. His ascension gave an end, officially, glorious and triumphant, to the earthly ministry of the Lord and began the ministry at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus, ascending to the heavens, left the realm of time and space, the infinite and eternal kingdom. Now his place in eternity was to sit at the right hand of God as he shows us in Hebrews 1: 3, “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.“
The Father had now highly exalted Him, giving Him a special place, a place of authority and power. As it is stated in Ephesians 1:20-22 (RVR60), “which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to behead over all things to the church.” Jesus left this earth to take his position as head of the church, and everything was put under his feet.
Today we have Jesus at the right hand of the Father interceding for us, his ministry continues for eternity. Romans 8:34 declares, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” What a blessing that we are not alone, we have the Holy Spirit living in our hearts and Jesus is interceding for us. What a powerful combination! We can be sure that the mission of Jesus will be fulfilled and will not fail. As believers we are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to take the great task that the Lord has given us.
Hebrews 1:3 (NKJV) — 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Acts 2:33 (NKJV) — 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
John 16:7 (NKJV) — 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Acts 1:2 (NKJV) — 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
Mark 16:19 (NKJV) — 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
Luke 24:50-51 (NKJV) — 50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.
Ephesians 1:20-23 (NKJV) — 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
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