Yesterday was Ascension Day, the point in the church calendar when we remember the story of Jesus Christ, and our place in it. Forty days after the resurrection Christ ascended to the Father, leaving earth, marking the moment when his people, his “body” will enter her earthly call to be the hands and feet of Jesus, his witnesses in Jerusalem and to the ends of the earth. To be sure, the churchdoes not replace Jesus on earth, becoming our own authority and judge. Jesus did not simply disappear, but ascended in bodily form, to reign over His church and world, at the right hand of the father.
The ascension also marks the age of the Spirit, wherein Jesus said he would not leave his people but send His Spirit as his very presence and power.
This is our call, to bear fearless witness to the truth and justice of God in Christ, by the power of the Spirit, in a world where individuals and societies have gone adrift from God’s redemptive purposes.
Check out this instructive and inspiring video of Darrell Johnson, a professor Peter and I had at Regent College. He captures the call of the church for our age.