And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.…
I. HEAVENLY-MINDEDNESS. He went as the great Forerunner of His people, and we must follow in His course. Where the Head is there should the members be; and our treasure, life, affection are meant to be with Him at the right hand of God.
II. SIMPLE DUTY. In the Epistle to the Ephesians, which is emphatically the Epistle of the Ascension, this is the aspect of the doctrine which is always urged. Because Christ is highly exalted and we are raised up together with Him, therefore we are to be lowly and meek, and to forbear one another in love; to put off the old man, etc. It is the same lesson which is taught in two of the Psalms appointed for the service of Ascension Day, "Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest upon Thy holy hill?" Is it only the lofty, the devoted? No, but common men who, by God's grace, have lived their common lives in the paths of purity and duty, the lowly, the undeceitful, the unmalicious, the uncorrupt.
III. HOLY FEAR How are you living? As Christ ascended, so shall He one day descend to awful judgment. If you be a hardened sinner, and will continue so, then fear; for then to you the lesson of Christ's ascension is a lesson of wrath and doom.
IV. But if you be living in justice and mercy, and walking humbly with your God, then the lesson is one of HOPE. It is a pledge to us of that forgiveness which Christ died to win. For Christ is our Intercessor.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.