Today commemorates the ascension of Jesus 40 days following his resurrection. I share some thoughts about his ascension in He Ascended into Heaven. Today, I just want to celebrate the day with the a hymn from Charles Wesley. The celebration of his ascension is the best explanation of his ascension.
Hail the day that sees him rise,
to his throne beyond the skies.
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given,
enters now the highest heaven.
There for him high triumph waits;
lift your heads, eternal gates.
He has conquered death and sin;
take the King of glory in.
Highest heaven its Lord receives;
yet he loves the earth he leaves.
Though returning to his throne,
still he calls us all his own.
Still for us he intercedes;
his atoning death he pleads,
near himself prepares our place,
he the first fruits of our race.
See! He lifts His hands above,
See! He shows the prints of love,
Hark! His gracious lips bestow,
Blessings on His church below,
Ever upward let us move,
Lifted on the wings of love,
Looking when our Lord shall come,
Longing, gasping after home,
There we shall with you remain,
partners of your endless reign,
see you with unclouded view,
find our heaven of heavens in you.
– Charles Wesley (altered)