“Ascension Day proclaims that there is no sphere, however secular, in which Christ has no rights – and no sphere in which his followers are absolved from obedience to him. Instead of it being a fairy tale from the pre-space age, Christ’s ascension is the guarantee that he has triumphed over the principalities and powers, so that at his name ‘every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’ (Phil. 2:10-11).”
Almost sounds Kuyperian...and this coming from a Princeton man... perish the thought.
Bird goes on to highlight three important aspects of the ascension.
- Jesus ascends to heaven so that he can send the Holy Spirit to his followers.
- Believers embryonically share in the reign of Christ by virtue of their union with Christ.
- Jesus’ work of mediation continues in his heavenly session.
And for those who want to "sermonize on the ascension for hours" (as Bird puts it) I offer this, with the audio, also check the tag for the blog too.