The Ascension of Christ
ALL heaven was waiting the hour of triumph
when Jesus should ascend to His Father. Angels came to receive the King of glory and to
escort Him triumphantly to heaven. After Jesus had blessed His disciples, He was parted
from them and taken up. And as He led the way upward, the multitude of captives who were
raised at His resurrection followed. A multitude of the heavenly host were in attendance,
while in heaven an innumerable company of angels awaited His coming.
As they ascended to the Holy
City, the angels who escorted Jesus cried out, "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and
be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." The angels
in the city cried out with rapture, "Who is this King of glory?" The escorting
angels answered in triumph, "The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of
glory shall come in." Again the waiting angels asked, "Who is this King of
glory?" and the escorting angels answered in melodious strains, "The Lord of
hosts, He is the King of glory." Ps. 24:7-10. And the heavenly train passed into the
city of God.
Then all the heavenly host
surrounded their majestic Commander, and with the deepest adoration
bowed before Him and
cast their glittering crowns at His feet. And then they touched their golden harps, and in
sweet, melodious strains filled all heaven with rich music and songs to the Lamb who was
slain, yet lives again in majesty and glory.
Promise of Return
As the disciples gazed
sorrowfully toward heaven to catch the last glimpse of their ascending Lord, two angels
clothed in white apparel stood by them and said to them, "Ye men of Galilee, why
stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven." Acts 1:11. The
disciples and the mother of Jesus, who with them had witnessed the ascension of the Son of
God, spent the following night in talking over His wonderful acts and the strange and
glorious events which had taken place within a short time.
Wrath of Satan
Satan again counseled with
his angels, and with bitter hatred against God's government told them that while he
retained his power and authority upon earth their efforts must be tenfold stronger against
the followers of Jesus. They had prevailed nothing against Christ but must overthrow His
followers, if possible. In every generation they must seek to ensnare those who would
believe in Jesus. He related to his angels that Jesus had given His disciples power to
rebuke them and cast them out, and to heal those whom they should afflict. Then Satan's
angels went forth like roaring lions, seeking to destroy the followers of Jesus.
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