Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Ascension - One of the Most Important Events in Salvation History

There are those skeptics and modernists who claim that the resurrection is a story told by the early Christians to communicate the way in which they experienced Jesus as alive in their hearts and still present in the community of believers after the crucifixion. Despite the fact that many highly educated people think that this is what really happened, there is one thing that simply does not fit. That is the ascension.

If the disciples were so caught up in their emotions and imagination that they experienced Jesus as still being present with them, where does this story about Jesus being taken up into heaven only 40 days after the resurrection come from? Psychologically it makes no sense. If the memory of Jesus was so strong that it empowered the apostles to go out and preach the gospel to the whole world, that memory would have lasted far longer than 40 days. In fact the New Testament should be full of stories reporting how Jesus appeared wherever the apostles went. But that is not what we find.

What we do find is that the resurrection was followed by the ascension which itself was a bridge to the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. As fantastic as that may seem to some, it makes perfect sense if that is what actually happened. As a story that is supposed to tells us about what the disciples were feeling, but is not an accurate account of the actual historical events, it makes no sense at all.

I personally find the attempt to explain away the most important events recorded in the New Testament to be incoherent and unbelievable. What do you think?


  1. Hans Urs von Balthazar said the truth is like a symphony. If those 'educated' people were speaking the truth the Ascension would not be the 'false' note it is.

  2. Hi, I am from Australia.
    You did ask the question - what do you think?
    Therefore please find a completely different Spiritual Understanding of the life and Teaching of Saint Jesus of Galilee who was always and only a Jew, or put in another way, never in any sense a Christian.
    The Christian Idol (plus much more)
    The Secrets of the Kingdom of God (plus much more)

  3. Frederick,
    Of course Jesus was not a Christian since a Christian is one who follows and worships Jesus. Jesus cannot logically follow himself nor did he worship himself. The gospel account of the Ascension is just one of the many things that demonstrates the irrationality of those who would deny that Jesus truly is the Son of God.