Acts 1:9 – After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

So this is the ascension of Jesus – the connecting point between the end of Luke’s gospel and the beginning of Acts. It comes in sequence after the resurrection, and represents the exaltation of Jesus to the right hand of God (Acts. 2:32). Indeed, after the ascension, when Christians speak of God, they must also speak of Christ, for Christ now reigns with God. This has always been so of course. But now it is made explicit as Jesus, the crucified and risen messiah, is ‘taken up’ before their very eyes. The cloud of course has a very different connotation these days. It carries notions of information and storage – a veritable database of personal details in the sky. And the big concern is safety. This cloud, however, is different: not informational but supernatural. And the big concern is glory.

 

Prayer: O praise you O God that in Jesus your Son you lift our humanity to the heights of your throne.