Today, we are finishing up our mini-series on Prophecies Fulfilled By The Messiah. We will look at the last prophecy Jesus fulfilled at His first coming – his ascension into heaven.
We started in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, in chapter 3:15 as the first Old Testament Scripture, and Galatians 4:4 being the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15. From there, we made our way through the Old Testament, looking at various Old Testament Scriptures and lining them up with their New Testament counterpart. Keep in mind that I did not share every prophetic passage fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ. There are several more Scriptures about the coming Messiah one can study.
I want to end this miniseries with the last thing Jesus did while on this earth – his ascension into heaven. Shall we?
Psalm 68:18, “You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.”
Mark 16:19, “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”
1 Corinthians 15:4, “that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”
Ephesians 4:8, “Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
What a wonderful recollection of the Messiah’s ascension into heaven. Two different authors in the above passages record the events for us.
The gospel writer, Mark, tells us that Jesus had just spoken to the eleven disciples. He instructed them to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. After Jesus spoke to them, he was taken up into heaven. Can you imagine? You are standing there talking to the Lord one moment, and the next moment he is gone. Wow!
In the letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul shares the gospel message with the church at Corinth. Paul passes onto them what he considers to be of first importance – that Jesus died for our sins, that he was buried, and that on the third day, he rose again according to the Scriptures.
The Apostle Paul again, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, recounts for them the Old Testament Scripture from Psalm 68:18. (See above) Paul applies this passage to the ascended Christ, “thereby implying that Christ’s ascension was a continuation of, and a fulfillment of, God’s establishment of his kingdom in his royal city, Jerusalem.”
Final thoughts – He Is Coming Back
12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes,[a] so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
The Teaching Lady