Numbers 11: 29b: “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!” Here, in spiritual type, is the fulfillment of Christ’s Ascension into heaven. As He had promised, when He went away he would not leave His people comfortless, but send His Spirit to continue the job He had begun. Filled with that Spirit, no longer ‘upon’ but ‘within’, God’s people now carry on with the work of Jesus.
1 Samuel 2: 6; 10b: “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. … The Lord will give strength to His King, and will exalt the horn of His anointed.” Some of the greatest prophets in the Bible were women. Mary, Elizabeth, Huldah, … and one certainly cannot rule out Hannah. Here she is prophesying the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, and talks about Him being an exalted King, long before Israel even had a king. But do you think even
Psalm 8: 6: “Yet You have made Him a little lower than God, and crown Him with glory and majesty! You make Him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under His feet.” The Church has always considered this psalm a prophecy of the Messiah, the Son of Man, “Made for a little while lower than the angels,” (as Hebrews 2: 7 translates this passage), then exalted above all in His ascension. This was the mandate originally given to all men in Adam, fulfilled
Ephesians 1: 10: “With a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth.” What kind of administration will rule in eternity, over both heaven and earth? This question is answered by the Ascension of Christ into heaven, from where He now reigns over all, in this and every age, with everything now under His feet (vv. 20-21, part of the readings in tomorrow’s Eucha
Matthew 13: 32: “And the one “The Rest of the Story” on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” So how does the rest of the parable relate to Ascension? Remember that “the sower sows the word” (Mark 4: 14) and the Word is Christ (John 1: 1). As Jesus says in John 12: 24, a grain that falls to the earth and dies bears much fruit -