Jesus Reigns (The Meaning of Ascension)
Part 6 of the series, "The Resurrection, Ascension and Kingdom" - Ascension is a commemoration and celebration of the kingdom of God and the
reign of Jesus. These themes bring out a very deep difficulty for modern
Christians. We tend to divide the religious from the political. We have been
good school-children of the Enlightenment. We want no more religious wars
and so we have marginalized religious claims to the purely internal,
introspective, realm. We have almost gotten it out of the public square. . .
.Then again, Western civility is basically in midst of a world-wide
religious war with Islamic Jihadism.
The Bible is very clear on Christ's current status: 1) That Jesus is "Christ" means that he is King, 2) That He ascended means that his reign has begun, 3) That his reign has begun means that the kingdom of God is advancing.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more
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