The Good News of Jesus is that He is crucified for sinners, dead, buried, and resurrected after three days. But it is not complete without the fact that He has ascended to heaven. The Ascension is an often overlooked piece of the Gospel account. Not only has it given birth to many, slightly-comical, old paintings of Christ’s feet disappearing into the clouds; it also is source for incredible encouragement and faith.
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Acts 1:9
We may not think of it as being a good thing that Jesus is gone from us. He left the disciple in order that His Spirit might be poured out. He is also now in the presence of the Father, praying for us – which for me, is one of the most comforting thoughts.
But there is a reason that seems especially encouraging lately, given that it seems we are living in such discouraging times.
Jesus is raised up into heaven, far above all other powers and rulers, with all things under his feet. That means demagogues, and ugly politics are under his feet. So if the news cycle has got you down, remember! Jesus is above it all. And he is in charge and ruling over all things. No matter how chaotic and unpleasant the world around us may be – He is over all.
That is Good News.