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 Savior’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.
“The origin of the phrase is in the Book of Numbers. A strange character called Balaam declared of Israel, God’s people, ‘The LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a King is among them’ (Numbers 23:21). As often happens in the Old Testament, we have here an example of parallelism, where one statement explains what immediately precedes or follows it. The Lord their God being conspicuously with them was identical to the shout of a King being among them. For us the shout of a King is our Lord Jesus Christ’s promised presence with us, in discernible and tangible ways.” (Pages 11–12)
“To consider the significance of the Ascension and continuing work of our Lord Jesus Christ focuses attention on our invisible King. Only as we recognise Him as our glorious Sovereign and fix our eyes on Him, may we serve Him effectively in the world.” (Page 5)
“For unless the Saviour had ascended into heaven, His nativity would have come to nothing … and His passion would have borne no fruit for us, and His most holy Resurrection would have been useless’” (Page 7)
“The conclusion of our Lord’s ministry on earth marked the beginning of the Church’s activity” (Pages 6–7)
“The shout of a King is a shout of joy, triumph, success and encouragement rolled into one” (Page 10)
This book is a winner.