WHY DOES THE CHURCH FOCUS ON THE ASCENDING AND IGNORE THE DESCENDING OF JESUS?
ASCENDING AND/OR DESCENDING?
Although, as a believer, I can certainly understand and appreciate the fact that Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ died on the cross as the supreme sacrifice for all of our sins; I remain perplexed by the reasoning as well as the ultimate decision made by the church to only glorify the missionary agenda of Jesus (after his crucifixion and death on the cross) as a single act of ascending to heaven. According to the church, the primary emphasis is completely centered around the three days later aspect, which would ultimately result in the miraculous appearance of the risen Savior.
THE SEVEN ONES…
While searching the Scriptures, I discovered and in this post will attempt to unlock and reveal gospel truth’s from the Ephesian writer in the context regarding the subject of ascending and descending. This exegesis will unveil and point us to another very substantial emphasis area; which is what I like to refer to as, The Seven Ones. One body, One Spirit, One Hope of Your Calling, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, and One God and Father of all, through all, and in all! Should the church take the liberty to edit or modify the emphasis?
THE THREE DAY AGENDA OF JESUS
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) (Ephesians 4:8-10) If you read this chapter in its entirety, this passage is talking about spiritual gifts and clearly acknowledges the fact that the agenda of Jesus Christ was more than a single act, but there was a dual act performed. Perhaps the church neglected to include the first thing that Jesus would do is go to Hell to set the captives free and obtain the keys to Hell from Satan would be too dramatic? I would have to admit, the visual of our Lord and Savior going into the heavens does sound better! But, in this writer’s opinion, both the ascension as well as the descent were necessary for salvation.