JESUS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN
After Jesus' resurrection, He stayed with His disciples for another forty days to reassure them that He was alive and continued talking to them about God's kingdom (Acts 1:3). After forty days, He ascended or was taken up into Heaven and sat at the right hand of God. Then, the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His Word by the signs that accompanied it (Acts 16:19-20). Hebrews 1:3 says, "The Son radiates God's own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in Heaven." Jesus returned to His throne after He paid the penalty for our sins. And those who believed in Him are no longer condemned by God. Romans 8:34 says, "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."
It is comforting to know that our Lord Jesus is alive and sitting on His throne at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, praying for us. Jesus continues to minister to us, and He is always with us through the thick and thin of life and through our struggles and victories. We will never be separated from His love. Romans 8:38-39 says, "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
As we go through life on this earth, we will experience difficulties and hardships, but let us take courage because our Lord Jesus will always be with us. When we feel alone, let us be couraged that our Lord Jesus is praying for us. He promised that He would return to us again, so all of our sufferings that we are facing today are all temporary. They will eventually pass, but we will remain in our Lord Jesus forever.
This daily devotion concluded our daily devotion to the book of Mark. It's a blessing to study and meditate on the life and miracles of our Lord Jesus with you. We will start the book of Acts next.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through these questions carefully and meditate on them while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speaks to you). Where is Jesus now? Can I be separated from His love? How does Jesus minister to me every day?
Father in Heaven, I praise you for completing my salvation through the death and resurrection of my Lord Jesus. And now that my Lord Jesus sitting at your right side, He is praying for me and helping me to go through this life until You take me home to be with you. Please help me to share my faith with others who have not believed in You so that they may be forgiven of their sins and have eternal hope in you. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.