18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.  (Ephesians 1:18-23)

As Paul prayed this for the Christians in Ephesus, I have the same prayer for you on this 40th day after the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus:

That He would bring the light of the Gospel of salvation further into your heart than you’ve ever seen it before, to lighted with His grace corners long hidden in darkness.

That His light would show you ever more clearly the hope you have in Jesus and His love.

That His light will show you ever more brilliantly that your inheritance of His glory is right now, among His people.

That His light will show you that there is no power greater than His, for those who believe in Him.

I pray that you will know that the power He gives you is the same power He used to raise Jesus from the dead, to bring Him up into heaven, to seat Him at the Right Hand of God; the power to give Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth not only now but forever and ever.

I pray that you will know that Jesus is the head over all things, and all things are under Him, not for the sake of Jesus but for the sake of His body the church, of which you are a beloved member.

Jesus has been raised from death and has ascended into heaven for you.  He rules over all things for you.  And He will bring you to heaven to complete the church and rejoice in the fullness of His bride as we worship Him and live in His love forever.

No matter what else happens to us in this life, this is what we have to look forward to – this is the promise of the Day of Ascension.

God bless us everyone!