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Summary: Jesus knew and suffered due to the reality of sin in the human heart. But when He physically left the earth, His message was not a pessimistic one. Summarizing who he was and what difference this should make for everyone is stated in what is known as the

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Avid readers often will credit this or that writer for luring them into a lifelong love of a genre. For those who love science fiction, it offeres grand, cosmic landscapes on which to project the boundless possibilities of life. Yet for one writer, Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012), who died this week, he showed that humanity would always be humanity — violent, cruel, self-destructive — whether on earth or anywhere else. In direct contrast to the original Star Trek and other utopian sci-fi worlds, Bradbury turned futurism turned on its head. Farenheit 451 warned about the power of passive technologies to destroy our minds and sap our political will. Even more depressing was The Martian Chronicles, which presented the red planet as just another venue for human colonialization, war-making and bickering. Much of what Bradbury wrote wasn’t really science fiction, but was more properly described as (what we now call) imaginative fiction. In summing up his work, one writer described it that: "He showed me that the most exotic adventures in life always lead back to an examination of our original sin — the space in our hearts as inky black as outer space itself. (http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/06/06/jonathan-kay-on-ray-bradbury-1920-2012-science-ficitons-most-depressing-prophet/)

Jesus knew and suffered due to the reality of sin in the human heart. But when He physically left the earth, His message was not a pessimistic one. Summarizing who he was and what difference this should make for everyone is stated in what is known as the Ascension. The story of the ascension is recorded only by Luke. However, he recorded it twice, as the conclusion of his first work and as the beginning of his second (Acts 1:6–11). Mention of the Ascension is found in the longer ending of Mark (cf. Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33; 1 Tim 3:16; Eph 4:8–10; 1 Pet 3:22; Heb 4:14; 6:19–20; 9:24.), but the clearest NT reference outside of Luke-Acts is found in John 20:17 from which the term “ascension” comes. According to Acts 1:3, He ascended to heaven forty days after His resurrection (Gingrich, R. E. (2001). The Gospel of Luke (69–70). Memphis, TN.: Riverside Printing.),.

Because of the Ascension, Jesus has become “the firstfruits” of his people through his resurrection and ascension and therefore guarantees the final redemption of those in union with him (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23). As a result of their unity with Jesus, there is a sense in which believers have ascended into Heaven with him. Thus where the head is, there are the members (cf. Ephesians 1:20–22). Paul writes, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). The present exaltation of believers is a fact that will be seen fully at Christ’s return. We have ascended with him, and we are to glory in it now! (Hughes, R. K. (1998). Luke : That you may know the truth. Preaching the Word (425–426). Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books.)

We can do this in seeing: 1) The Commission (Luke 24:44-49), and 2) The Consecration (Luke 24:50–53)


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