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Ascension Island

Face of JesusThe ascent of Christ into heaven happened on the fortieth day after the Resurrection. This occurrence has come to be technically called, "The Ascension." The word "ascension" was first recorded in 1713 and rose in use to its height in 1831. It was also the name of a small isolated volcanic island of 34 square miles with a population of about 800 in the South Atlantic called Ascension Island. It gained its name from the Portuguese navigator Afonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515) who sighted the island on Ascension Day which fell on 21st May in 1501. Interestingly, in 1836 the second Beagle voyage visited Ascension Island too. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) the English naturalist and geologist described Ascension Island as dry and treeless, with nothing growing near the coastline. The sparse vegetation inland supported "about six hundred sheep, many goats, a few cows and horses." Charles Darwin wrote, "The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic."

Jesus Ascension

The name ascension comes of course from Jesus Ascension. Luke 24.50-53 tells us, "When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God." Jesus did not say, "I go to heaven, but I leave you a book. Here are a Bible and Prayer Book, so entertain yourselves. Bye-bye!" NO! He said in Matthew 28.20, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Jesus is still present today in the Mystical Body of Christ in the World through the Holy Spirit. One day he will take those who love him to be with him in Heaven for ever.

"Jesus Christ's Heaven"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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