Wes Crawford

Worship Leader. Musician. Songwriter. Coach.

Ascension

The church is unique because it is, at the core of its being, in its fundamental reality, the only theanthropic (“God-bonded-to-man”) reality in the universe, the likes of which never has been before and never will be again, a reality in which the members are bonded forever to the triune God… in the communion of the Holy Spirit. Because of our theanthropic union with God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, and since the ascension of Jesus to the right hand of the Father, where we are already seated with him in the heavenly places (Eph 2:6), we as the people of God are closer to God, in the act of worship in spirit and truth, than the cherubim and seraphim, the holy angels themselves. True worship on earth is the beginning of a never-ending journey into the very heart of the Trinity.
— John Jefferson Davis (from Worship and the Reality of God)

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus, after his death and resurrection, to the right hand of the Father. In 2012 I contributed a song to a Cardiphonia compilation of songs about the Ascension. I wrote a new tune to an Augustus Toplady text, called "For All that Come to God by Him." (See player above.) Cardiphonia also has several additional resources for Ascension (which most churches celebrate on the Sunday after Ascension) compiled on this page.

When you went to bed last night, Jesus was at work subduing his enemies. While you slept, he was continuing to rule over the world. He was still at it when you woke up this morning and even now as you read this. That is the outrageous claim of the ascension. It is outrageous because his rule is not recognized in this world. Open a newspaper, and it is not full of how Jesus is reigning. Instead it is full of conflict and crime. ...Yet the story of the ascension is the story of the enthronement of Jesus as the king of the world.
— Tim Chester and Jonny Woodrow