October 26, 2020
By Editorial Team
Pix courtesy Leon Mauldin
"Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’" John 20:16,17
"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the Most Holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us " Heb 9:12
"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" Daniel 7:13,14
We all know the Easter morning incidents outside Jerusalem. Jesus after his resurrection was waiting near the grave for hours, to see if any of his friends would come there, so that he could tell them that He was alive and comfort them. Then, He wanted to ascend into Heaven and meet the Father for the Ceremonies. What tender love for grieving men & women? Even today Christ exists for weak human beings primarily and not for Heaven.
Bible records in Matt 28:8,9/Luke 24:34/1 Cor15:5, that he met Mary Magdalene, the women and Peter all that morning. Whatever be the sequence, at some time that morning, he ascended into Heaven gloriously with some risen saints. So, what did He do in Heaven?
First, He brought with his own hands, the Blood he shed for us on the Cross to the Father. And placed it as an ever present memorial before God’s eyes. As our High Priest, he brought his own blood as an expiation for our sins. (Heb 9:12-14)
Secondly, He came in the clouds of Heaven, with hosts of the Redeemed saints, and they brought Him near the Father. And the Father, crowned him as Lord and gave him dominion over all peoples, languages and nations forever. Daniel explains scene beautifully in Daniel 7, one of the most glorious chapters of the Bible. He then sat at the right hand of God (Ps 110:1). It comforted the Father so much that His son, accomplished what He sent him out for. The Hymns Crown Him with Many Crowns, All Hail the Power of Jesus Name all celebrate this event. Easter and Rapture are related scenes
Thirdly, Scriptures also tell us that He took the principalities and powers captive (devils etc put them in chains) and paraded them as Victor before God. Col 2:15. You got to be familiar with these scriptures. We remember movie scenes, but not actual Bible scenes.
Then he returns back to the earth and says, in Mathew 28:18-20, “All Power has been given unto me in heaven and on earth. And then follows up with the great commission to preach the Gospel to all nations.
What happened at Easter, will happen again at Rapture. The Trumpet will sound, Christ will appear in the Clouds, the Dead in Christ will rise, and Jesus will take us all on the clouds of Heaven, to meet the Father. So, shall we be forever with the Lord. This is the portion of the Bride of Christ. Revelation 4,5 explain the Rapture and the events following. What a Glorious day it will be. Till then, there is daily work to be done for the Master.
When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then shall I bow, in humble adoration,
And there proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"
- O Lord my God by Stuart K. Hine
Easter is a preview of rapture
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