Heidelberg Catechism 1563
A break from the Lord’s Prayer to remember the Lord’s Ascension into heaven – 40 days following his resurrection,
LORD’s DAY 18
Asks four questions… we’ll look at two…
Q46. What do you mean by saying, ‘He ascended to heaven?’
Answer: That Christ while his disciples watched, was taken up from the earth into heaven1 and remains there on our behalf2 until he comes again to judge the living and the dead.3
1Luke 24: 50-51; Acts 1: 9-11; 2Rom. 8: 34; Eph. 4: 8-10; Heb. 7:23-25, 9:24
3Acts 1: 11
Q49. How does Christ’s ascension to heaven benefit us?
Answer: First, he is our advocate in heaven in the presence of his Father.1
Second, we have our own flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that Christ our head will also take us, his members, up to himself.2
Third, he sends his Spirit to us on earth as a corresponding pledge.3 By the Spirit’s power we seek not earthly things but the things above, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.4
1Rom. 8: 34; 1 John 2:1; 2John 14: 2; 17: 24; Eph. 2: 4-6
3John 14: 16; 2 Cor. 1: 21-22; 5: 5 4Col. 3: 1-4
The Apostle's Creed is a statement of faith and beliefs which has been shared by Christians down through the centuries.
Let's say it as a prayer together.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church, (catholic – means universal)
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.