As the present church, this question is of upmost importance for us; how do we live out Christ’s ascension? The humility we see centering Christ’s ascension reveals that His crucifixion was an act of love, because even though Jesus knew that He was fully God, He intentionally rejected His own glory to serve humankind by becoming human. It is through this narrative of the ascension that we can get a clearer picture of what it means to be the church.
I grew up believing that Jesus came into my heart when I accepted Him as my Savior. To have Christ within is to be in authentic fellowship with Him; He is now Lord and Master and we are servants. To have Christ within you means hope for today and tomorrow, power for daily life, and an intimate relationship with the Most High God.
We are not owners of the world, or anything in it for that matter, though we stand in as caretakers and stewards. So what does it look like when we recognize that “the earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it?” After all, we will be giving back to God all that he has lent us, our bodies, money, houses, cars and the earth we inhabit.
When we encounter works of art we are moved and reminded of other things in our lives. When we hear a symphony we feel the tension of the strings or the whimsy of the melody. When we watch films we are able to relate to characters experiences and empathize with them. When we look at paintings we are able to identify symbols and colors that allude to something unknown. Somehow through viewing a piece of art we are able to experience this feeling of otherness that is difficult to describe and even more difficult to understand. Art lowers our defenses and allows us to see the world in a fresh lens.