Today is Ascension Day. For many Christians, Ascension Day is no big deal. As a Christian holiday, it doesn’t compare to our celebrations of Christmas and Easter; but Ascension is a critical part of Jesus’ ministry. In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed, the church affirms Jesus crucified, dead, buried, and risen. But the creeds also say Jesus ascended into heaven. This is the necessary climax of Jesus’ ministry because the Ascension effectively brings Jesus’ earthly ministry to its end.
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