Scripture reading: Acts 1:9-11
that Jesus went back to heaven. They think that if Jesus had
stayed on earth human history would have developed in a positive way
less calamities and evil. It would not have become such a terrible mess
however, study the Bible thoroughly to find an answer on the
question was it really necessary that Jesus returned to heaven, we find
least five reasons for the necessity of the ascension. We learn that we
surely be happy about His return to heaven and His stay there at the
of the Father.
I present you in this message five reasons for His
ascension to heaven.
The five reasons:
1. To prepare the
homes for his children
2. To be our Advocate
before the Father
receive the complete direction of the endtime developments
wait for and
prepare the conversion of his own people in order
to be accepted as
their Messiah and King
pour out the
Holy Spirit and his power on the believers
1. To prepare the homes for his children
read John 14:2. Jesus went to heaven to prepare dwellings for his
believers. When these homes are ready, He will return.
Believers can say that when they are dead they are not
really dead but
have changed their address for then they are then in their heavenly
evangelist Billy Graham has made a statement in which he declared his
his new home in heaven after he has died. At the time I write this
he is ninety years of age.
Nigerian Pastor Daniël Ekechukwu had on 30 November
2001 a terrible car accident and died in an ambulance on its way to the
Doctors verified his death and his father testified that his body was
as a dried fish! Nearly 50 hours after he had died he came back to life
result of the prayers of his wife and pastors who had gathered around
body. After had come back to life he remembered all the experiences he
while being dead. He could tell that an angel took him to the homes
prepared for his believers and that they were beautiful. The angel said
the dwellings are ready but the believers, the saints, are not yet
2. To be our
Lawyer (Pleader) before the Father
Please read 1 John 2:1. Who of us never sins? I confess
that since I
believe in Jesus I have sinned many times in thoughts, words and deeds. Where would I now have been if I had not
Jesus in heaven pleading for me with the Father? For me and all who
Jesus pleads on the ground of His own atoning sacrifice with the Father
will forgive us. Jesus has surely a powerful case to plead you and me
guilt. We should be very grateful to Him for His historic atoning
bearing our guilt in His body on the cross and His present pleading for
before the Father. Take could courage and thank Jesus if you are
sin right now for Jesus is pleading for you and He is surely always
In order to receive the complete direction of the endtime developments
Revelation chapter 5:5-7 and chapters 6, 7 andl 8.
Jesus went to heaven to receive the entire direction of
and control over
the endtime developments and events. When the book with the seven seals
be opened only He is worthy to do that. He opens seal after seal and
tremendous events take place on the earth and in the sky around it.
am sure of it that the direction of and control over the endtime
developments can be at best be done in and from heaven. Heaven is after
best place to watch the whole world and to take and execute the
decisions at the right time. I am sure that Jesus is the best person to
the temporal and eternal future in His hands!
4. To wait for and prepare the
conversion of his own people
in order to be
accepted as their
Messiah and King
read Zechariah 12:10, chapter 13 and other prophecies.
Jesus ascended to heaven to wait for and prepare with the
Father the day
that He will be welcomed and accepted by His own people as their
King. Heaven is of course the best place to wait for and prepare that
important event. For if this had to be realized in the political
after His crucifixion and resurrection only a great war would have
own people and the Roman Empire to become the King of Israel and the
earth. We have to conclude that it was then – after His crucifixion -
right time, politically and internationally to become the King on the
David. So there will come a day that His own nation will welcome Him.
of Israel itself have foreseen this happening. Please read Zechariah
Jesus will come back with His saints, the true Church.
Those that had
been faithful to Him will reign with Him and be placed in governmental
positions to bring all nations, tribes and peoples under His control.
way the long promised Kingdom of peace and righteousness will cover the
(Isaiah 9:6; Micah 4:1-14; Zechariah 14:9; 2 Timothy 2:12).
What a day it will be when Jesus will come back and
become the King of
Israel and the whole world! His people Israel will then finally have
her God-given destiny. It shall truly be a wonderful day not only for
for the whole world!
5. To pour
out the Holy Spirit with His power on the believers
Please read John 14:16-18 and Acts 1:8. Jesus himself told the
before he suffered and died that he had to return to send from the
Father the Holy Spirit. He called Him 'The
truth and the Paraclete in the Greek language. The Greek name
be translated as the Comforter, the Counselor, Advocate or
said that it was better for them that He would return otherwise He
send the Spirit of truth. He would not leave His disciples as orphans
He would come to them in the Person of the Spirit to be always in, with
This promise must have been very comforting to His
disciples for with the
Spirit He could always and anywhere be present, simultaneously and
every believer, for the Holy Spirit has no physical or other
wonderful promise is that the Holy Spirit will be with the believers
end of this age. So, He is also with all believers living in these
if you are a believer, you should be happy that Jesus returned
to heaven for He is there for you too!
remember that, if you have sinned and doubt that God will forgive
you, you have Jesus as your Defender in heaven and He will surely be
for you. Please, do believe that the Father forgives you for Jesus'
If you are sick or old, and the end of your life here is
rapidly, please remember that He has prepared a wonderful home for you
you, Christian, feel weak and tired, please open your heart for the
Comforter, the Strengthener, the Counselor, for He is able to comfort
strengthen you above human possibilities.
I encourage you to be very thankful to the Lord in heaven
for all He is
doing for you. Sure, you too should be thankful that He went to heaven.
and worship Him, who is sitting at the right hand of God.
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