Posted by Craig Borlase on 8 May 2013

 

Ascension Day is the time when we remember the point at which Jesus exited the earth upwards. Right up into the sky He went, in what must have been one of those ‘OH MY GOSH! DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?’ moments.

Of all the miracles and of all the amazing events of Jesus’ life, there’s something that stands out about the Ascension. It’s perhaps His most dramatic, glitzy, prime-time display, the sort of thing that comic book writers have been riffing off since forever ago. But there's more to it than that. So much more. 

It’s a tough act to follow, and I don’t think we should bother trying.

Admittedly, I’m not seeing a whole lot of people attempting a vertical exit through the church roof at the end of the final blessing. But taken on a metaphorical level, I wonder whether it could be said that some worship leaders are getting a little more preoccupied than they might with the pursuit of those ‘OH MY GOSH! DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?’ moments.

The truth about the Ascension is that Jesus wasn’t just a man who soared, eagle-like above us. He started down low. Really low. About as low as any human can get on the surface of this beautiful planet.

Remember His baptism? It was where? That’s right; the Jordan River, a slow moving affair that heads south and feeds the Dead Sea, whose banks represent the lowest land below sea level. And that’s where Jesus chose to begin, being dunked BELOW the water line, leaving Himself lower than the low.

Jesus didn’t need to have His sins washed away, and yet He chose to do just that. He chose to make himself lower than He ever needed to be - lower than He ever deserved to be - in order to commence the work that showed love, sacrifice and service to others.

Yes, there were fireworks and miracles and plenty of those ‘OH MY GOSH! DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?’ moments that followed. But this is where He started - below the low, in a place He did not deserve to be.

Worship leaders, take note; there’s plenty of elevation to be found up there on the platform. But don’t fall for the hype. Start low and stay there. 

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