By the middle of May, it seems that Easter was a long time ago. But what we may have forgotten, is that the “Easter” story is not over.
I am always touched on Good Friday as I remember the agonizing way Jesus gave up His life to take my place. I celebrate on Easter Sunday that He conquered death, because without that, we would have no hope for life.
But there’s a part of the story that is not finished, the part that leaves me speechless with excitement. That’s the part of the story that I am celebrating today. I’m closing down work and calling it a holiday today because that is what it truly is.
After Jesus’ resurrection, He spent a few weeks on earth spending time with those He loved and giving final encouragement and instructions to His disciples. And then He ascended. He left this pathetic earth to go back Home.
But the best part is- He didn’t forget about us. The reason He went Home was to prepare welcome-home banners, blow up balloons, and get all ready for when He brings us Home too.
He didn’t ascend into Heaven to get away from us- quite the contrary. He ascended to “prepare a place for us that where He is, there we may be also.”
Okay, if reading that didn’t want to make you jump up and down, try reading it again. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
My brother and I recently watched a movie called “The City of Ember”; although it was a strange movie, he pulled a beautiful analogy from it which I just had to share. Without going into lengthy detail, I’ll try to explain the movie quickly.
People from earth had decided to make an underground world for people to live in so they would never have to know about our wars and unrest up here. It would be a perfect place.
Well, the Law of Entropy still applied, even hundreds of feet under the ground, and the underground city started falling apart two-hundred years later. Through a slightly heart-pounding race against time, two teenagers managed to find a way to escape back up to earth so they would not die with the collapse of their world.
When they reached earth, it was dark because it was nighttime. The teenagers from the underground figured that earth was no different from the world in which they had lived.
But then morning burst forth. Never before had they set eyes upon sky and sunrises and the beauty which surrounded them. They could have not even begun to imagine what it would be like because their imagination was limited to the context of the world they had known.
We are the same way. Our imaginations can only spin off of what we have seen or heard on this earth. I’m pretty sure that it is safe to say that Heaven is gonna knock our socks off. Jesus has been working on it for about two-thousand years (that’s some major renovating going on). And He’s doing it because He just can’t wait until it’s time for Him to say to us, “Come Home! I’ve been waiting for this moment ever since I ascended on the first Ascension Day. This is the reason I allowed myself to be crucified. This is the reason I conquered death. And now, everything is finally made right. Welcome Home, my Beautiful Bride!”
May you have a beautiful Ascension Day getting a little Homesick and celebrating the fact that one day, you will finally be able to ascend Home too.