Many Christians overlook that the ascension was as much an act of God’s power as the resurrection. We need to take time to meditate on the work of Christ, in order to appreciate the full consequences of the great things he has done for us. Before the ascension, it was the Lord Jesus Christ who proclaimed the message of salvation. After the ascension, Jesus’ representatives were to do the same in the interests of God’s kingdom.
In The Ascension: The Shout of a King, Derek Prime argues that if we neglect our Saviour’s ascension and continuing work, we risk losing sight of his unique and central place in the life of the Church. The Christian’s hope will only remain vital and alive as we fix our eyes upon the ascended Lord Jesus alone. The Holy Spirit can enlighten us in our understanding of the Scripture so that we appreciate all that God has freely given us in his Son’s ascension and continuing work on our behalf. If the death of Jesus determines how we as Christians should live, so should his ascension.