The Ascension of Christ is essential to our understanding of the Lord’s Supper. Of course, most of what happens to us at this Table remains a mystery, but we can say a few things, given what we know about Christ. We know that Christ is in heaven, seated at the Father’s right hand. We also know that Jesus Christ still has a resurrection body. Many Christians have never thought about this, but it is true. John says that we don’t know what the resurrection will be like, but we know that we will be like Jesus (1 Jn. 3:2). And we know that Jesus had a real body that Thomas could touch and feel. Jesus ate and drank after his resurrection. This table prepares us for heaven. Revelation tells us that heaven will be the wedding feast of the Lamb. We will eat and drink with Jesus in heaven. We are eating and drinking with him now, in the Church. But, we often assume heaven will be less than what we know now. We think we’ll float around, playing harps. But, what if heaven is an eternal banquet with tastes and pleasures that would make your mind explode now? Perhaps, when Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding at Cana, he was bringing a little bit of heaven to earth. Whatever heaven will be, we must guard against the gnostic heresy, which says our bodies are not important to our salvation. Christ came to save the world, including our bodies. In the Ascension, Christ took a human body back up to heaven. Things have changed at the center of the universe. We can’t go back. A grand and glorious party is coming. Don’t be left behind. If you’ve been baptized, and are not under church discipline, then you are already wearing the wedding garments, and you need to come to this party.
Ascension and the Lord’s Supper