Who is this ascended Jesus? He is King, Priest and man and is still at work. Ultimately he is humanity in the presence of God. Here we discover how we are a part of the Ascension. With the Spirit's enlightening we can begin to understand the Ascension. Tim Chester introduces us to this important doctrine.
“Understanding the ascension of Jesus in the light of Mount Sinai and the Old Testament tabernacle is at the heart of the theology of the book of Hebrews.” (source)
“Jesus ascended into heaven ‘to appear for us in God’s presence’. Atonement was not complete until Jesus stood before God on our behalf.” (source)
“So Jesus is the new Adam, the new David, the new King, the Saviour of the world whose rule will bring peace and prosperity. And where will the King of the world be enthroned? Not in Jerusalem. If he’s enthroned in Jerusalem then He is just Israel’s king. No, Jesus is enthroned in heaven as the king of the whole world.” (source)
“During this offering the animal is burnt up and is turned into smoke that replicates the cloud of Mount Sinai. So the offering does not simply deal with sin, but deals with sin so that we can ascend into the presence of God.” (source)
“His rule is seen most clearly where people proclaim the gospel and most align their lives to the gospel story. The king rules as people take up their cross and follow Him in the hope of resurrection glory. The kingdom does not depend on us, but we do get the privilege to model the heavenly rule of Jesus as we take the gospel to others in word and deed.” (source)
Dr. Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.