Leading a host of captives

Today is Ascension Day on the church calendar, celebrated 40 days after Resurrection Sunday. It is one of the most important and rich church celebrations, yet it is also one of the most overlooked. For an explanation of some of the richness of Ascension Day, Doug Wilson’s Ascension Day sermon is worth reading, after a brief snippet:

Our union with Christ, effected through the instrument of living faith alone, is a union well represented by our prefix co. Greek has a similar prefix representing the same reality, which for them is sun. As Paul put it, we were co-quickened in Christ (Eph. 2:5), and co-raised with Him (Eph. 2:6). We were also co-seated with Him in the heavenly places (Eph.2:6), and this means that today we are celebrating the exaltation of the new mankind in Christ—for it was on this day that we co-ascended in and with Him into the throne room of the Ancient of Days.

This is not esoteric theology; this is why our prayers are heard. This is why we are able to pray in Jesus’ name. This is why our souls have a heavenly security, beyond the reach of anything that stings or harms.

Other Ascension Day resources for your reading pleasure (and singing pleasure, for the psalms) include Psalm 2, Psalm 68, Psalm 110, Acts 1, and Ephesians 4.

One thought on “Leading a host of captives

  1. Outstanding.We do ourselves a cultural disservice when we focus on key dates in American history (Fourth of July, Presidents Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween…) and made-up dates (Labor Day, Memorial Day…) and ignore significant dates in Christian History like Ascension Day. Our present culture (including the Church) is bound and determined to forget out past because we have fully embraced Chronological Snobbery (as CS Lewis puts it).

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