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The Acts of the Martyrs (05) - Ascension (Psalm 110; Dan. 7:13-14)

Date: 5/8/2016
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Topic: Bible Acts
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 The Acts of the Martyrs (05) - The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1, Psalm 110)

Acts 1:9  - And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Psalm 110:1-2 - The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hands, Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” 2 The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”

Review - In the first sermon, 1) We saw Acts proclaims what Jesus is continuing to do through His witnesses (martyrs). The basis for this mission is the ministry, death, and Resurrection of Jesus for the Church. 2) We surveyed all of the baptisms indicating the “the main story-line in Acts” which follow the pattern of Acts 1:8. 3) We reviewed the preaching of the gospel in Peter’s sermons, Stephen’s sermon, and Paul’s sermons, seeing features of confrontation of the hearers with the ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension (reigning) of Jesus. 4) We saw the result of the gospel was a community of  faith in Christ which was devoted to the Word, fellowship, communion, and “the prayers.” 5) Today we conclude our series with the theme of the Ascension of Christ.

The Ascension - Acts 1:9 provides the historic setting of Christ’s ascension into the glory cloud. The background passages which provide the meaning are Daniel 7:13-14 and Psalm 110. Both of which are cited by Jesus in His trial (Mt. 26:64). Daniel speaks of one like a Son of Man ascending to the Ancient of Days and all nations worshiping Him (Ps. 2). To Him was given the kingdom. Psalm 110:1 is directly quoted or referred to at least 21 times in the New Testament—more than any other Hebrew Scripture verse. Portions of the whole Psalm are cited at least 28 times (Heb. 5:6, 7:17, 7:21, 5:10, 6:20, 7:11, 7:15). Why so? Because the Apostles concluded that the Ascension of Jesus was the direct fulfillment of this Psalm. For example, on the Day of Pentecost Peter preached: "This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens . .  .’" (Acts 2:32–35). Jesus is reigning from the right hand of the Father. He will subdue all of His enemies and then will come the Resurrection at the end of history. In the mean time the Kingdom advances as people "volunteer freely in the day of Your power" through the grace offered in the gospel. There are so many, His "youth" are like counting the drops of "dew" on the grass. This King is a priest like Melchizedek who gives bread and wine.

Gregg Strawbridge 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 receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more