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Jesus Is the Ascended Son of God (7 of 10)
Series: Who Is Jesus?
John 12:34, Ephesians 4:8-10
1. The Moment of His Ascension
A) An Exit from the Earth
B) An Entrance into Heaven
2. The Message of His Ascension
A) Declaration of the Work of Christ
B) Declaration of the Person of Christ
3. The Ministry of His Ascension
A) Secures Us
B) Sustains Us
The story is told of a man who was looking in a store window at a painting of Jesus dying on the cross. As he stood there gazing at the painting a little boy walked up and said, ''Mister, that's Jesus dying on the cross. Bad men took Him and beat him, spit on Him, and then they nailed Him to a cross and He died on that cross.'' The man smiled and said, ''Well, thank you son for telling me about it.'' The man walked off and had gone just a little way when he heard little footsteps running up behind him. He turned and it was the little boy. He came running up, gasping for breath, ''Mister, Mister, I forgot to tell you. He didn't stay dead.''
Hallelujah Jesus didn't stay dead. On the morning of the third day He rose again from the dead. Yet, I want to remind you today that the resurrection is not the end of the story either. Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead, He ascended back to heaven.
For the past seven weeks we have tried to answer the question that was asked in John 12:34, ''Who is this Son of man?'' As we have asked the question, ''Who is Jesus?,'' we have seen Him as the divine Son of God, the virgin-born Son of God, the sinless Son of God, the miracle working Son of God, the crucified Son of God, and the resurrected Son of God. Today, I want us to see Him as the ascended Son of God.
Of all the features of our Lord's ministry, probably the one feature that is most often neglected is His ascension. There is not a lot that is written about it and I have heard only a few sermons on the subject. Yet, it is one of the great features of His life and ministry. Paul said in ...
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