The Ascension and Exaltation of Jesus are also evidences of His deity (being God). The Ascension of Jesus is His departure from His disciples into Heaven. (Acts 1:9) The Exaltation of Jesus is the act of God seating Him at Godís right hand and giving Him a name above every name. (Hebrews 1:13; Philippians 2:9-11)
The Ascension of Jesus was
- Prophesied in Scripture. (Psalm 68:18)
- So that He could give gifts to men. (Ephesians 4:7-12; Psalm 68:18; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8;2:33; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
The Exaltation of Jesus was
- Prophesied in Scripture. (Psalm 110:1)
- The result of His humble obedience to His Fatherís will. (Philippians 2:8-11)
The nature of the Ascension and Exaltation of Jesus was
- It was bodily and visible.
- It was accomplished by passing up through the heavens.
- Taking His seat at the right hand of the Father.
The purpose of the Ascension and Exaltation of Jesus was
- To be a forerunner. (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:17)
- To prepare a place for Christians. (John 14:3)
- To appear in the presence of God the Father for Christians. (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25)
- To fill all things. (Ephesians 1:22,23)
The result of the Ascension and Exaltation of Jesus are
- It assures Christians of access into the presence of God. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
- It assures Christians of a glorified body. (1 Corinthians 51-53)
- It gives Christians confidence that all things are working together for their good. (Romans 8:28)
- To the Church, Jesus is the Head over all things. (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18)