Friday, May 2, 2008

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise

So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19

Yesterday, May 1, was the Day of Ascension – the day we remember Jesus being taken up into heaven to take His place at the right hand of the Father. After His resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His apostles and then went back to His Father.

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."

And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.
Acts 1:1-12

This Jesus will come AGAIN in just the same way as you watched Him go into heaven! We look forward to that day in anticipation!

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
Words by Charles Wesley

Hail the day that sees Him rise, Alleluia!
To His throne above the skies, Alleluia!
Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia!
Reascends His native heaven, Alleluia!

There the glorious triumph waits, Alleluia!
Lift your heads, eternal gates, Alleluia!
Christ hath conquered death and sin, Alleluia!
Take the King of glory in, Alleluia!

Circled round with angel powers, Alleluia!
Their triumphant Lord, and ours, Alleluia!
Conqueror over death and sin, Alleluia!
“Take the King of glory in! Alleluia!”

Him though highest Heav’n receives, Alleluia!
Still He loves the earth He leaves, Alleluia!
Though returning to His throne, Alleluia!
Still He calls mankind His own, Alleluia!

See! He lifts His hands above, Alleluia!
See! He shows the prints of love, Alleluia!
Hark! His gracious lips bestow, Alleluia!
Blessings on His church below, Alleluia!

Still for us His death He pleads, Alleluia!
Prevalent He intercedes, Alleluia!
Near Himself prepares our place, Alleluia!
Harbinger of human race, Alleluia!

Master, (will we ever say), Alleluia!
Taken from our head to day, Alleluia!
See Thy faithful servants, see, Alleluia!
Ever gazing up to Thee, Alleluia!

Grant, though parted from our sight, Alleluia!
Far above yon azure height, Alleluia!
Grant our hearts may thither rise, Alleluia!
Seeking Thee beyond the skies, Alleluia!

Ever upward let us move, Alleluia!
Wafted on the wings of love, Alleluia!
Looking when our Lord shall come, Alleluia!
Longing, gasping after home, Alleluia!

There we shall with Thee remain, Alleluia!
Partners of Thy endless reign, Alleluia!
There Thy face unclouded see, Alleluia!
Find our heaven of heavens in Thee, Alleluia!

1 comment:

robert said...

Thanks for posting Wesley's great ascension hymn. (Don't know about churches you're familiar with, but most I know of would not have the patience to sing all those stanzas! We seem to want to get a song over with in 3 or 4. Too bad.)

The ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ is so important to us as Christians. From heaven, He and God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to begin a new ministry in and through the church (Jn. 14:26; 16:7). And from heaven Christ has bestowed spiritual gifts on the church (Eph. 4:10-11).

Further, seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, Christ ministers as our great High Priest, and heavenly Advocate and Intercessor (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; I Jn. 2:1). His presence there, and His understanding of our need, can give us great confidence in prayer (Heb. 4:14-16).

Finally, the Lord Jesus is presently preparing a place for us, so that we may live with Him, eternally (Jn. 14:2-3).

Just a few further thoughts. And to learn about things that happened in hymn history on any given day, I invite you to visit my daily blog, Wordwise Hymns. God bless you.