What is the Ascension? The Ascension is when Jesus ascended after His resurrection and forty days on the earth. He went to the Mount of Olives, teaching as usual, and proceeded to ascend bodily with the clouds out of sight, to the Father’s right hand. Today, forty days after Easter, is the day traditionally set aside to commemorate this glorious event.
Why is the Ascension so important—and what does it have to do with homeschooling?
Jesus didn’t simply go to the penthouse in a white, fluffy elevator. There was much more that happened—and it is all part of the Gospel, the good news! In fact, the Ascension is one of the more neglected aspects of the Gospel.
All Power and Authority
After Jesus rose from the dead and showed himself to numerous people over the course of forty days, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives, when it was time to Ascend. This is where He stated the classic passage:
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matt. 28:18–20)
Jesus has all power! He has all power, and all authority—in heaven and in earth. I can’t think of where else any power would be.
This should be very encouraging to homeschooling dads and moms. As they teach their children to obey God’s Word—to understand it, to interpret it, and to apply it in mature ways—we can know that God has all power and authority! He is behind us as we teach our children.
Homeschool mamas, you aren’t teaching your children in a void—hopelessly struggling to do the right thing. The Lord Himself is behind you. He isn’t just “rooting for you”; He is giving you the power and authority to do it.
The Spirit’s Anointing
The second aspect we’ll look at today is the giving of the Spirit. Now, the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is fully God. But, He is present with us in a way that He wasn’t present with us before. In Joel 2, God says that there will come a time when He pours out His Spirit.
Pouring in the Bible doesn’t really imply “getting soaked.” It implies “getting anointing.” The priests and kings had oil poured out on their heads in anointment—the oil signified the Holy Spirit. But now, Joel is saying that there will be a time when all God’s people will be priests and kings—they all will have God’s Spirit and power, fully!
Now, back to Jesus. He says, “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7). The next few verses reveal that this Comforter is the Holy Spirit that Joel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and others prophesied about. If Jesus had stayed on Earth, the Holy Spirit would not have come!
So, when Jesus ascended, this inaugurated the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit on God’s people on Earth. This means that as a Christian, you are a priest and a king before God! You aren’t some second-class citizen. You may be in poverty, abandoned by your husband, and struggling to educate your children—but if you are faithfully working for the Lord, you have the Spirit of Jesus Himself within you.
Do not be discouraged. Remember that when He ascended, Jesus inaugurated His Kingdom of power here on Earth and sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Be faithful where you are, homeschool dads, homeschool mamas. Continue to work steadily and teach your children. It may be hard; you may feel like giving up—but remember, you aren’t working in a void. You aren’t working in vain.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9), Paul writes. This should be our motto too—knowing that the Lord gives a faithful harvest.