By Dr. Grant McClung
The Christian world celebrates Ascension Day on May 10, 2018. Because of the ascension of Jesus Christ our Lord we have accessto God’s presence and we may come boldly to His throne of grace. We have God’s approval, favor and blessing as we preach the gospel around the world. After commissioning the disciples to the ends of the earth, Jesus began to bless them. “While he was blessing them,” reads the account, “he left them and was taken up into heaven” (Luke 24.51 NIV).
Through the ascension, we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit for service. Jesus was seated with authority at the Father’s right hand. After ten days, he poured out the fire of Holy Spirit baptism on the Day of Pentecost. Peter stood up to explain it: “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he [Jesus] has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear” (Acts 2.32-33 NIV).
Without human restraints, the ascended and exalted Baptizer in the Holy Spirit powerfully initiated His passion and desire, “I have come to bring fire on earth, and how I wish it were already kindled” (Luke 12.49 NIV). After 2,000 years of the expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ to all corners of the globe, that fire has not died! It has become a mighty raging wildfire out of control – blazing beyond the borders of geography, ethnicity, and nationality; jumping across the barriers of religious tradition and attempted hindrances of ecclesiastical control.
Raised in power, ascended and exalted in glory, the Lord of the Harvest has kindled an inextinguishable fire of world evangelization upon the earth, burning until the coming day of His imminent return!
Dr. Grant McClung is International Missionary Educator with Church of God World Missions (Project Number 065-0853). He represents the Church of God as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Missions Commission of the Pentecostal World Fellowship.