Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: So, what is Jesus doing now?

So, what is he doing now?

Following the devastating events of the first Easter, his trial, death and resurrection, we learn of Jesus’ return to the Father, clearly recorded for us by the Gospel writers of the New Testament.

Ascension Day really ought to be more recognised and celebrated by all Christians, not just by the members of a few churches, we think.

True, it is not included in every calendar we come across, but we should be very careful not to forget the importance of the occasion.

A hymn-writer in a previous generation put it into verse:

‘The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now;

‘A royal diadem adorns the mighty Victor’s brow.

‘The highest place that heaven affords is his by sovereign right,

‘The King of kings and Lord of lords, and heaven’s eternal Light.’

What, then, is his work at the present time?

Two important tasks he performs on our behalf.

The promise Jesus made to his disciples still stands: ‘I am going to prepare a place for you ... I will come back and take you to be where I am’ (John 14, 1-3).

What a wonderful thought! Each of his followers will inherit a home specially designed with the individual in mind, and will never have to move on.

Scripture reminds us too (Hebrews 7, 25) that he is praying for everyone who is committed to him.

‘He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.’

Hope there is of strength and support as we continue our walk of faith. In the joys and delights, he remembers us; likewise in the trials and temptations.

A responsibility, too, is put upon every Christian, wherever they find themselves. ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation’ (Mark 16, 15).

Urgent. Before long it will be too late.