Ascension Day—the celebration of Jesus being taken up into heaven—is one of the Church’s lesser-celebrated commemorations. But as Books & Culture editor John Wilson noted, “The Ascension marks the beginning of the church—and anticipates the Second Coming. It requires us to think in Trinitarian terms, as Christ ascends to sit at the right hand of the Father, where he is our high priest, and promises the Spirit to the church.”
The Grand Farewell
We tend to focus on the way Jesus came into the world. It will pay us not to overlook the way he left.
The Day We Were Left Behind
When Jesus had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.—Acts 1:9, NRSV
Taken Up in Glory
"The Ascension has been forgotten in many Protestant churches, jettisoning an essential part of the Christian story."
More on Ascension
- Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem - The Washington Post
It started 15 years ago with plans to expand the Tower of David Museum. But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.
- The Curious Case of Jesus’s Wife - The Atlantic
Unlike the media, Karen King was interested in it less for the papyrus' late and unreliable mention of Jesus as married than for the light it appeared to shed on the status of women in the nascent Jesus movement. If the fragment was authentic, the conversation it recorded would be a fine contribution to the history of early Christian thought: yet another piece of evidence that the first few centuries of Christianity were not nearly so unified in belief and practice as conventional narratives tend to suggest.