Vladimir Pustan – Nu pierdeti Regele! (Florii 2013)

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Luca 19:28-40 – După ce a vorbit astfel, Isus a pornit în frunte şi Se suia spre Ierusalim. 29 Cînd S’a apropiat de Betfaghe şi de Betania, înspre muntele numit al Măslinilor, Isus a trimes pe doi din ucenicii Săi, 30 şi le -a zis: ,,Duceţi-vă în satul dinaintea voastră. Cînd veţi intra în el, veţi găsi un măgăruş legat, pe care n’a încălecat nimeni niciodată: deslegaţi -l, şi aduceţi-Mi -l. 31 Dacă vă va întreba cineva: ,Pentruce -l deslegaţi?` să -i spuneţi aşa: ,Pentrucă Domnul are trebuinţă de el.„ 32 Ceice fuseseră trimeşi, s’au dus şi au găsit aşa cum le spusese Isus. 33 Pe cînd deslegau măgăruşul, stăpînii lui le-au zis: ,,Pentruce deslegaţi măgăruşul?„ 34 Ei au răspuns: ,,Domnul are trebuinţă de el.„35 Şi au adus măgăruşul la Isus. Apoi şi-au aruncat hainele pe el, şi au aşezat pe Isus, călare deasupra. 36 Pe cînd mergea Isus, oamenii îşi aşterneau hainele pe drum. 37 Şi cînd S’a apropiat de Ierusalim, spre pogorîşul muntelui Măslinilor, toată mulţimea ucenicilor, plină de bucurie, a început să laude pe Dumnezeu cu glas tare pentru toate minunile, pe cari le văzuseră. 38 Ei ziceau: ,,Binecuvîntat este Împăratul care vine în Numele Domnului! Pace în cer, şi slavă în locurile prea înalte!„ 39 Unii Farisei, din norod, au zis lui Isus: ,,Învăţătorule, ceartă-Ţi ucenicii!„ 40 Şi El a răspuns: ,,Vă spun că, dacă vor tăcea ei, pietrele vor striga.``(Photo via www.douglasassemblyofgod.com )

In sah, poti sa pierzi orice piesa, dar cand ai pierdut regele, ai pierdut. Isus Hristos, Regele lumii si a universului acesta, a intrat in urma cu 2000 de ani in Ierusalim si ei L-au pierdut. Au pierdut exact Regele. Au ramas cu caii, au ramas cu nebunii… 70 de ani mai tarziu aveau sa fie facuti una cu pamantul. Dupa aceia, au avut sa cunoasca ce inseamna pogromurile, crematoriile, imprastierea in lume, durerea, singuratatea, pentru ca n-au cunoscut vremea cand Mesia a venit in mijlocul lor. Probabil ca L-am fi ratat si noi, pentru ca nu gandim altfel decat evreii. Ma refer din punct de vedere spiritual. Dar vreau sa intelegeti ca nici mintea noastra nu ar fi suportat ideea a unui imparat, a unui rege calare pe un magarus, smerit. Nici mintea noastra nu ar fi suportat ideea unui imparat, a unui rege imbracat in hainele obisnuite. Sa stiti ca nu era elegant Hristos cand a intrat in Ierusalim. De atatea ori S-a culcat in aceleasi haine in care a stat. N-a avut nici macar un pat. Spune Biblia ca vulpile erau mai binecuvantate decat El, pentru ca aveau vizuini.

Nu a intrat elegant in Ierusalim, nu a intrat inconjurat de oameni deosebiti. Din ucenici, o parte dintre ei castigau daca prindeau cate un peste. Si noi probabil ca L-am fi ratat. Ar veni, ar trece pe langa baruri si ar  vorbi ba cu unul, ba cu altul. nu ar veni in bisericile noastre. Nici noi nu L-am crede. N-ar veni in bisericile noastre, adica cum, noi am facut sala asta si nu vine Isus in ea? Si mintea noastra ar refuza de atatea ori. Aveti grija ca puteti pierde Regele, de-atatea biserici de cate avem. Confesiuni, atatea activitati cate le facem. Atatea probleme cate avem cu caii, putem pierde Regele. Va puteti pierde sanatatea, puteti pierde bani in banca, puteti sa va pierdeti casele, puteti sa va pierdeti pe cei dragi de langa dumneavoastra- inca mai exista speranta! Cand a-ti pierdut Regele, a-ti pierdut totul.

Nu pierdeti Regele. Vreau sa va spun ca nu de El tine, ci de voi, pentru ca El isi doreste sa intre in fiecare viata. El isi doreste sa ramana acolo si sa traiasca acolo. El a spus, „Eu am dorit mult sa mananc pastele acesta cu voi.” Ar trebui sa ne dorim si noi asta. Nu pierdeti Regele. Nu pierdeti oportunitatea, in primul rand, ca sa intelegeti ce inseamna sa pierzi Regele. Din lucruri marunte il pierdeti pe Regele. Putini zic, „Doamne, vreau sa Te pierd.” Dar, il pierdeti daca nu sunteti atenti cu niste lucruri marunte, niste detalii. Si diavolul sta ascuns in sertare, in lucruri marunte ale vietii noastre si Dumnezeu sta in lucrurile ascunse ale vietii noastre. Pierderea lui Dumnezeu se face cu primele lucruri care ni le permitem in viata- maruntisuri. Dumnezeu se pierde treptat. Exact asa, ca si cum L-ai pune in dulap, si dupa luni de zile ai deschide dulapul si ai vedea ca nu-i mai acolo. Dar ai fost constient ca era acolo. Nu stiu, asta este un lucru de care mi-e frica sa spun de atatea ori. Aveti grija. Nu tragediile mari spirituale distrug un om, ci lucrurile marunte.

(1) Nu pierdeti oportunitatea de a darui Regelui

Luca 19:31-34 – 31 Dacă vă va întreba cineva: ,Pentruce -l deslegaţi?` să -i spuneţi aşa: ,Pentrucă Domnul are trebuinţă de el.„ 32 Ceice fuseseră trimeşi, s’au dus şi au găsit aşa cum le spusese Isus. 33 Pe cînd deslegau măgăruşul, stăpînii lui le-au zis: ,,Pentruce deslegaţi măgăruşul?„ 34 Ei au răspuns: ,,Domnul are trebuinţă de el.„ Vi se pare explicatie coerenta? Nu. Trebuia mai multa. Putea spune ca nu-l da magarusul. Putea zice, „E al meu si fac ce vreau cu El. Nu ma intereseaza pe mine regele vostru.”  Hristos trebuia sa implineasca o proorocie ca Mesia sa intre calare pe un magarus. Tinea de un magarus si de o inima de om. Ceea ce este superb este ca de atunci, de 2000 de ani, gestul acelui om, tacerea lui… „Va trebuie magarusul? Luati-l Domnule.” Tacerea aceasta a lui este pomenita de 2000 de ani la fiecare sarbatoare de Florii. Nu stiu numele acela pentru ca cei mai multi oameni ai lui Dumnezeu, nu le stim numele cand fac un bine. Dar ii stie Dumnezeu. Cert este ca a avut o singura data oportunitatea de a darui Regelui si a daruit Regelui. Magarusul lui a devenit limuzina de lux pentru lege. Aici e vorba de un mic cadou, ca magarusul e un magarus pana la urma. Dar, e vorba de un mare sacrificiu, pentru ca nu conteaza cat dai, ci cat iti ramane dupa ce dai.

(2) Nu pierdeti oportunitatea de a sluji Regelui

Luca 19:35 Şi au adus măgăruşul la Isus. Apoi şi-au aruncat hainele pe el, şi au aşezat pe Isus, călare deasupra. Drumul era greu, magarusul tanar… Nu pierdeti ocazia de a sluji Domnului pentru ca de multe ori ni se aseaza poveri in spate si cartim, „E prea greu pentru noi. Tot noi…” Cateodata Isus Hristos ne pune inca o povara pe spate. Inca ceva de care trebuie sa avem grija. Inca un batran, inca o problema care ne apasa. De atatea ori trebuie sa facem ceva pentru Dumnezeu si zicem, „Inca o povara in plus.” N-am dori ca cineva sa ne aseze ceva pe spate. „Domnule, sunt atatia care pot purta poverile mai bine ca mine.” As vrea sa intelegeti un lucru: Ziua cea mare nu e ziua de Florii, nici ziua de Pasti. Ziua cea mare, pentru tine si pentru mine este ziua in care slujesti Regelui. Aceasta este ziua cea mare. Eu nu stiu ce a mai facut magarusul dupa aceea, dar ceea ce stim este ca in ziua aceea, el L-a purtat pe Rege. A fost cantaret a unei singure arii, dar ce arie. Ce opera! Odata a slujit in viata, dar ce slujire. Ca Anania, proorocul acela pe care Domnul L-a trimis la Pavel. O singura data L-a trimis, „Du-te pe strada dreapta, pune-ti mainile peste orbul si el v-a trebui sa fie un mare slujitor, prooroceste ceva.” Ce slujire a facut Anania. O singura slujire. Nu pierdeti ocazia sa slujiti pe Regele. (Photo below via searchforbibletruths.blogspot.com)

(3) Nu pierdeti ocazia sa laudati Regele

36 Pe cînd mergea Isus, oamenii îşi aşterneau hainele pe drum. 37 Şi cînd S’a apropiat de Ierusalim, spre pogorîşul muntelui Măslinilor, toată mulţimea ucenicilor, plină de bucurie, a început să laude pe Dumnezeu cu glas tare pentru toate minunile, pe cari le văzuseră. 38 Ei ziceau: ,,Binecuvîntat este Împăratul care vine în Numele Domnului! Pace în cer, şi slavă în locurile prea înalte!` 39 Unii Farisei, din norod, au zis lui Isus: ,,Învăţătorule, ceartă-Ţi ucenicii!„ 40 Şi El a răspuns: ,,Vă spun că, dacă vor tăcea ei, pietrele vor striga.` M-am gandit la preoti, ca n-au facut-o ei, dar au criticat pe cei ce au facut-o. Si stiti la ce concluzie am ajuns? Cand nu faci, critici pe cel ce face. Hristos zice ca daca vor tacea ei vor striga pietrele. Dar vai de noiin ziua aceea. Daca noi nu-L laudam pe EL din toata inima noastra, in fiecare zi avem posibilitatea aceasta sa-L laudam pe Regele nostru, sa-I  multumim pentru toate binecuvantarile care ni le-a daruit. Sa-L laudam pentru ceea ce este El. Ii multumim ca ne-a daruit atatea lucruri minunate: pe Hristos, ne-a dat paine, ne-a dat apa, ne-a dat sanatate, ne da atatea lucruri si sa-L laudam pentru ca e Dumnezeul atotputernic, sfant, glorios, mare, Dumnezeul viu, Dumnezeu care ne poarta zilnic si vesnic in carul lui de biruinta. Spune Biblia: Multumiti-I si laudati-L pe Rege. Nu veniti in biserica si pierdeti ocazia laudei Regelui. Laudati-L dimineata, laudati-L la amiaz, laudati-L seara. Nu-L furati de slava ce o merita.

Dumnezeu are doua feluri de slava: Slava care o are El in El si slava care I se atribuie. Trebuie sa-L laudam pe El. Am invatat ca trebuie sa-I multumim de dimineata. Ne-am rugat pentru ce am cerut si in curand Il vom lauda. Nu am pierdut ocazia aceasta, pentru ca daca pierzi ocazia sa-L lauzi Regele, sa-I spui un multumesc, e o problema. Si lauda trebuie sa fie din inima noastra ca sa nu ajungem sub blestemul  pe care Dumnezeu Il spune in Isaia: Poporul acesta ma cinsteste cu buzele dar inima Lui este departe de Mine. Noi trebuie sa-L laudam pe Dumnezeu si cu buzele noastre, dar lauda buzelor noastre trebuie sa fie pornita din inima noastra. Eroul nostru e viu! A castigat toate bataliile si noi tacem. Serviciile noastre trebuie sa fie pline de bucuria lui Dumnezeu pentru ca Isus Hristos este viu. Hristos a murit, dar a inviat. Slavit sa fie El! Nu pierdeti ocazia sa laudati Regele.

(4) Nu pierdeti oportunitatea de a primi Regele in inima

pentru ca s-ar putea sa-L pierdeti complect pe El. vers. 41 Cînd S’a apropiat de cetate şi a văzut -o, Isus a plîns pentru ea, 4şi a zis: ,,Dacă ai fi cunoscut şi tu, măcar în această zi, lucrurile, cari puteau să-ţi dea pacea! Dar acum, ele sînt ascunse de ochii tăi. 43 Vor veni peste tine zile, cînd vrăjmaşii tăi te vor înconjura cu şanţuri, te vor împresura, şi te vor strînge din toate părţile: 44 te vor face una cu pămîntul, pe tine şi pe copiii tăi din mijlocul tău; şi nu vor lăsa în tine piatră pe piatră, pentrucă n’ai cunoscut vremea cînd ai fost cercetată.`` Isus Hristos I-a vizitat pentru ultima data si ei L-au respins. Nu pierdeti oportunitatea de a-L primi pe Regele ca poate fi ultima data, si pierdeti sansa asta. Hristos a plans in ziua aceea. Hristos a plans pentru ei. Ei nu L-au primit pe Rege si plang de 2000 de ani evreii. Daca vei renunta intr-o zi sa plangi cand Dumnezeu te cerceteaza, o sa plangi dupa aceea tot restul vietii tale si nu o sa te mai auda nimeni, niciodata. O, Ierusalime! Am venit la tine si nu M-ai bagat in seama. De ani de zile stai in rascruci de drumuri si nu te pocaiesti. De ani de zile mai astepti ceva si poate ca-i ultima data cand Regele intra in viata ta. Vrea sa intre in viata ta. Poate ca de maine vine doar condamnarea Lui, doar judecata. Dupa ce Hristos te viziteaza nu vei mai fi niciodata acelasi. Doar ii deschizi usa. Dupa ce Hristos te cerceteaza, te viziteaza, El nu intra unde e inchisa usa. Cand Hristos te viziteaza viata ta nu va mai fi aceeasi. Vei avea pace, vei avea mantuire, dintr-o data, cand Hristos te viziteaza, cerul e albastru, iarba-i verde, totul e frumos. Era pe cruce Domnul Isus, cu doi talhari, unul pe stanga, unul pe dreapta. Spune sfanta Scriptura ca un talhar s-a lasat vizitat de Hristos si celalalt nu s-a lasat vizitat de Hristos. Doi talhari. Toata eternitatea ta depinde de ce parte de cruce vrei sa atarni.

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Ne vom intoarce intr-o zi Acasa – Persida Muresan si Speranta – Eroii Slavei

Spunea un pastor ca obisnuieste sa viziteze cimitire ca sa tina perspectiva omului trecator indeaproape. Lumea cu confortul si placerile ei ne ademeneste zilnic, sa nu uitam scopul si tinta noastra! Photo via www.churchleaders.com

Nu iubiţi lumea, nici lucrurile din lume…

1 John 2:15-17

15 Nu iubiţi lumea, nici lucrurile din lume. Dacă iubeşte cineva lumea, dragostea Tatălui nu este în El. 16 Căci tot ce este în lume: pofta firii pămînteşti, pofta ochilor şi lăudăroşia vieţii, nu este dela Tatăl, ci din lume. 17 Şi lumea şi pofta ei trece; dar cine face voia lui Dumnezeu, rămîne în veac.

Versuri de la Resurse Crestine

Ne vom intoarce intr-o zi acasa,
Te-om parasi pamantule, pamant,
Si vom uita de tine poate maine,
Ca te-am calcat si te-am lucrat, plangand…

In tine zac si mortii in tarana
I-ai inghitit flamand cum tu ai fost
Si ai lasat atata jale-n urma,
Pamantule, acestea au un rost…

Vei da afara lacrimile multe,
Ce zac de vremi in tine in ascuns,
Cei ce au plans s-or intalni cu Domnul
Pamantule, pamantu’ tie de-ajuns…

Cand toti acei ce sfasiati de fiare
Sau arsi pe rug, ei au sfarsit cantand,
Se vor ‘nalta de pe-a tale hotare,
Pe Mirele lor drag intampinand…

Veni-va clipa cand cu toti, deodata,
Parinti si frati, spre alte zari zburand,
Sa ne-ndreptam spre tara minunata,
Sa te uitam, pamantule, pamant…

Isus ne va intinde mana-I calda,
Si fericiti vom sta la pieptul Sau
Si vom uita, c-am fost odata-n tine,
Cand fi-vom vesnic, fi-vom doar cu El…

VIDEO by Ali M –

Persida Muresan – Ne vom intoarce intr-o zi Acasa

Eroii slavei

Se va canta cantarea minunata
Mireasa-si va canta imnul dorit
Si se va-ncepe nunta asteptata
Cu-acei ce-n lupte si prigoane-au biruit

Eroii slavei vin acum acasa
Au biruit in marele necaz
Si ei vor sta cu Domnul lor la masa
El le va sterge lacrima de pe obraz

Din orice neam din orice semintie
Din orice limba din orice norod
O mare gloata pentru-mparatie
Isus va strange-al suferintei rod

In fata scaunului de domnie
S-or arunca cu fata la pamant
Vor preamari vor lauda pe Domnul
Pe-acel ce este Sfant de trei ori Sfant

Versuri de la Resurse Crestine

Speranta – Eroii slavei vin acum acasa

First Google hangout with R. C. Sproul

rc sproul 2Ligonier held its first Google hangout with R. C. Sproul. Here are the questions that were asked by various people through Ligonier’s Facebook page, Twitter and on the Ligonier Youtube hangout page:

  1. (2:00) Have you ever, or do you ever doubt the existence of God?
  2. (5:00) If Jesus bore our sins on the cross, why did He not have to go to hell for eternity?
  3. (7:00) My 9 year old son asked us, „What happens to babies that are aborted? Do they go to heaven?” What should we, as parents, tell him?
  4. (9:00) A question regarding Scripture, specifically, the book of Revelation. How did the book of Revelation get circulated, since John was in prison, on an island?
  5. (10:30) Let’s go back and touch on: You say, we would at least have hope for children of believers, that they would be in heaven. What would you say if they visited your church and asked why you baptize infants?
  6. (14:30) What happens when we die? Do we face God’s judgment twice: when we die, and then again on the last day? And if on the last day, where do we wait?
  7. (16:00) Essential to the Christian life is prayer. Is it wrong to ask God for something that is not a basic need?
  8. (18:00) We had a few questions in regards to how God communicates to us today. Does God give us messages in dreams that involve us to interpret them?
  9. (19:30) What would you say to a woman who told you she felt called to be an elder?
  10. (21:30) The question of burial vs. cremation. Is there a biblical view of what is right?
  11. (23:50) Why do believers still struggle with sin? And, at what frequency of sin should a believer begin to question his or her salvation?
  12. (27:15) If someone came to you and they were grieving over the possibility that they’ve lost their salvation, what kind of counseling would you give them?
  13. (30:00) If Jesus were to walk the earth today would he be passive or would He stand against such legislation as gay marriage?
  14. (31:30) Calvinism and free will. What is it that keeps fueling this debate?
  15. (33:50) In regards to eschatology- Do you believe the second apearing of Christ will be between the next 5-10 years? Why or why not?
  16. (34:30) Enoch and Elijah did not see death. Is physical death inevitable for the believer? 
  17. (35:20) What would you say if you only had 1 minute to share the Gospel with someone? ANSWER: I would say to that person that their only hope in life and in death was the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, and that they would have to flee to Him, in confessing of their sin, and embracing Him, that He may transfer to them His perfect righteousness, so that they may stand before a holy God.

Streamed live on May 6, 2013 A live „Ask R.C.” event with Dr. R.C. Sproul recorded on May 6, 2013. VIDEO by LigonierMinistries

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The Record of the Ascension of Jesus Part 1

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A study by  J. Hampton Keathley, III at Bible.org

Tomorrow in Part 2 – The Record of Jesus’ ascension.

Seeing the Lord High and Exalted
(Isaiah 6)

I would like to introduce this study on the ascension of Christ with a brief look at Isaiah 6. This passage gives us a vision of the incomparable majesty of God, and in the process sets forth a number of contrasts between:

  • The human and the divine
  • The temporal and the eternal
  • The earthly and the heavenly

Isaiah 6:1-13 In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand which he had taken from the altar with tongs. And he touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is forgiven.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ 10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Lest they see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people, And the land is utterly desolate, 12 “The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. 13 “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.”

Isaiah’s vision, with its contrasts, is both timely and vital for believers of any age and time–but especially in times like these when our nation is literally on the skids spiritually, morally, and politically. The passage consists of REVELATION from God followed by a RESPONSE with specific RESULTS in the life of Isaiah.

God’s revelation always demands a response consistent with His revelation. Isaiah 6 contains a:

  • VISION–God’s REVELATION of Himself to Isaiah,
  • VERDICT–Isaiah’s RESPONSE by way of a confession of his and his people’s sinfulness, and
  • VOCATION–the RESULT, Isaiah’s commissioning and commitment of His life to the purpose of God.

In verse 1 the Hebrew text literally reads, “in the death year of King Uzziah.” This is emphatic and shortened for emphasis and effect. We would normally expect something like, “and it came to pass” as in Isaiah 7:1. The important point is that this vision of the heavenly king, the sovereign of the universe, came in the same year of this earthly king’s death.

This is important to note because it dramatically ties the vision to a critical moment in the spiritual and political history of the nation. Under King Uzziah Judah had experienced prosperous times. This King had extended the country’s boundaries to is ancient limits. Commerce and agriculture flourished, and the two nations, (Judah and Israel) were at peace. But more importantly, King Uzziah had established spiritual renewal. He had removed much of the idolatry and established spiritual reforms. He had sought to bring the people back to the Word of God.

But without King Uzziah’s leadership (which sought to bring the people back to God and His Word) these conditions would fast erode for there were already signs of spiritual lethargy and mere externalism in their religious life. Judah’s prosperity had degenerated into softness, luxurious living, and complacency toward God and their calling as a priesthood nation. Worship had been maintained with external regularity and religious precision–but they were keeping their hearts far from God. So, with King Uzziah’s death, apostasy could very well increase fast . As Isaiah considered the death of Uzziah, he must have thought that things could really go to the dogs.

Moreover, Assyria, a cruel, ruthless, and hungry tyrant, was increasing in power like a huge beast ready to pounce on all the nations of Palestine. So, it was a critical time, a time that not only involved the death of a godly king, but a time that foresaw the death of a nation as it turned not only away from the Lord but to the idolatrous influences from the East.

As we think about our own country today and see what is happening on every front, it is frightening, discouraging, and frustrating. We see the influx of the New Age movement and the tremendous rise of all the cults; the unisex issue; the abortion problem; the drug problem; the gay movement that has become politically powerful; the multi-billion dollar rock music industry with its blatant attacks on Jesus Christ and its emphasis on rebellion, violence, hedonism, and sex. We see the violence in our streets, especially on the rise among our young teens; the corruption in business and politics; an almost complete loss of moral values; the divorce rate and the break up of the home including abuse of women and children; and the failure of the church to make a significant difference.

But in the midst of the problems of Isaiah’s day, he was given a vision, one that we need perhaps more than Isaiah did. So note what we read next.

“I saw the Lord sitting . . .” Literally the text reads, “I saw also . . .” or “and then I saw the Lord.” In other words, against the backdrop of the problems of his day, Isaiah also saw the LORD. He saw the Lord “sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted” or “seated on a throne, high and exalted” (NIV). In other words, regardless of what was happening in the nation and on this earth, God was on the throne carrying out His purposes.

Psalm 103:19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all. (NASB)

This revelation of the Lord turns our attention from the HUMAN and the EARTHLY to the DIVINE and the HEAVENLY–from the CHAOTIC and DEGENERATE to the PEACEFUL and HOLY. This passage gives us heaven’s perspective and the effect this should have on us as the people of God whom God has left here to represent Him. Let us gaze into heaven through the lens of Scripture to see our ascended and seated Lord, high and lifted up. And also, let us begin to see (1) what this means to us by way of blessings and privileges and (2) what effect this should have on us as the people of God.

In view of the phrase, “lofty and exalted” in Isaiah 6:1, let’s note the same phrase in Isaiah 52:13.

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up, and greatly exalted.

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is a prophecy of the suffering Servant of the Lord who must die for our sin, but at the very beginning of this passage, it anticipates His victory and exaltation or ascension.

The ascension of the Savior is a very important event which accomplished some wonderful and awesome things in the plan of God.

On Easter we commemorate the resurrection of Christ–one of the four greatest events in human history since the creation of man. The others include:

1. The first great event, and one anticipated since the fall of man, is the incarnation–the moment in time when God descended to earth in the person of His Son to become true, yet sinless humanity.

2. The second great event is the cross when the God-Man Savior died for our sins–the innocent bearing the penalty of the guilty.

3. The third great event is the resurrection, when Jesus Christ was raised from death by the glory of the Father.

4. “In our culture, as in most cultures around the world, the ultimate symbol of foreboding and despair is the grave . . . Yet the Bible shows us a grave–and empty grave–which is the picture of ultimate hope” (Donald K. Campbell, Seminary Easter Card, 1988).

But why was Christ raised from the grave? (1) To prove who He was–the eternal Son of God, and (2) to confirm the value of His death. But there is another important reason for the resurrection, (3) that Jesus Christ might, as the glorified and victorious Savior, ascend into the very presence of God, thus, opening the way for others to follow.

Many studies of the life of Christ trace His life and ministry beginning at Bethlehem and ending with the ascension. But Christ’s life existed from all eternity and continues into the eternal future. The ascension is the connecting link, the link between the past ministry of Christ and His future ministry.

“The ascension is not only a great FACT of the New Testament, but a greater FACTOR in the life of Christ and Christians, and no complete view of Jesus Christ is possible unless the ascension and its consequences are included” (ISBE, Griffith Thomas, Vol. 1, p. 263).

When you think of Christ, how do you think of Him? As the babe lying in the manger? Do you think of Him in terms of His ministry on earth and His mighty words and works? Or perhaps you think of Him as the one who died and rose again. There are many ways we may (and should) think about Jesus Christ and that we do so is tremendously important to the issues of life . . . assuming we come up with the right verdict.

In view of the Easter season and in view of the moral decay of our nation, I’d like to invite you to think especially of Jesus Christ as one who ascended into heaven. We want to be able to answer our Lord’s very provocative question, “What then if you should see the Son of Man ascending where He was before?” In other words, what does the ascension mean to us? What differences should it make in our belief and behavior?

We need to answer this question because it is tremendously important (1) to the impact of Christ on our daily lives, (2) to our courage and the enjoyment of our salvation in Christ, and (3) for our effectiveness in the mission of the Great Commission to which Christ has called each of us.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT, LIKE ISAIAH, WE SEE JESUS EXALTED OR HIGH AND LIFTED UP REGARDLESS OF WHAT IS HAPPENING ON EARTH.

The ascension, as one of the important truths of the Bible, occupies a large portion in the Word of God. Our study will demonstrate just why this is so, but let’s look at two passages that demonstrate our need to know and personally relate our lives to Jesus Christ–not only as the one who died and rose from the grave, but also as the ascended Lord.

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren, and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Paul is saying that we know him no longer as just a man, indeed He is the God-Man, but he is also saying that we know Him no longer as the one who came to earth in the flesh. We must know Him now as the ascended, exalted, glorified Savior.

By the word “ascension” we mean the removal of Jesus Christ from this earth into a different place and sphere which we call heaven. A place seen by Isaiah as high and exalted, a place of sovereign control and authority. It is a removal, a change of position and locale which is of the utmost importance both to God and to man.

The ascension completes the resurrection. Without the resurrection Christ’s death would be meaningless as far as the great issues of life are concerned. And without the ascension, the resurrection would also be incomplete and meaningless. We would have a resurrected person, but not one who was now at God’s right hand in the place of authority.

Please note the progression:

  • First there is Christ’s descent to earth–God becoming man, the incarnation.
  • This is followed by Christ’s death and resurrection as the God-Man Savior.
  • But for God’s purposes to be fulfilled and our need supplied, there must also be Christ’s ascent into heaven as the God-Man Savior and King of His people.

“The ascension is the important link between His work on earth and His work in heaven which begins with the ascension” (Walvoord, Jesus Christ Our Lord, p. 224).

It is important to remember that the New Testament was written by men who were thoroughly convinced that Jesus was at the right hand of the Father, and that through the ministry of the Holy Spirit they were in union with this ascended Lord and were, by His commission and through His ascended authority and power, left here to continue the work which He began.

In relation to the ascension, the Lord said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me.” The ascension means the Lord’s physical removal from His people on earth and from this present state of affairs, “but the spiritual value of the Ascension lies not in Christ’s physical remoteness, but in His spiritual nearness. He is free from earthly limitations, and His life above is the promise and guarantee” (Thomas, p. 265) not only life and life eternal, but it is also the proof of our purpose and the promise of capacity for ministry as His people.

Jesus said, “Because I live you shall live also.” But in the total context of the New Testament, this refers not only to the resurrection but to His continued life as the ascended and seated Lord of the church and the universe.

The Christ of the Gospels is the Christ of the past, the eternal past and the historic past, “but the full New Testament picture of Christ is that of a living Christ , the Christ of heaven, the Christ of experience, the Christ of the present and the future” (Griffith Thomas, p. 263).

We must not miss the connection between Isaiah’s VISION and his VOCATION. It had the right impact on the prophet’s life. The Gospel ends with the promise of Christ’s authority as the ascended Lord, the gift of the Spirit, and the Great Commission (God’s calling on our lives). It did not end with the promise of peace and prosperity, which is so often the emphasis in our culture. It ended with the fact and picture of an ascended, sovereign LORD who has commissioned us to live for Him.

If we are to endure and carry on in this sin-ridden world, running the race God has laid out before us, we need to see Jesus Christ. We must fix our gaze on Him, but how are we to do that?

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