The Return of the Everlasting King

The Ascension 441px-Sagritz_-_Pfarrkirche_-_Deckengemälde_-_Christi_HimmelfahrtThe Apostles stare up into the sky, Jesus has returned to heaven. The Ascension could also be called The Return of the (Everlasting) King.

In the Lord of the Rings, Aragorn is crowned King by Gandalf before a gathering of Men, Elves and Dwarves. He led an army to defeat the ancient evil, Sauron. He clearly states, “This day does not belong to just one man.”

On Ascension Thursday the Psalm proclaims, “God mounts His throne to shouts of joy, a blare of trumpets to the Lord.” This day does belong to one man, Jesus Christ. He has defeated the most ancient and most powerful of all enemies, Satan.

In the Lord of the Rings history, Sauron is a minion of Melkor, who we would name Satan.

Jesus has won the battle. In heaven He is received as the conquering King whose reign will last forever. How glorious was His reception as countless Angels sang His praises. Instead of a wizard placing a crown on His Head, it is God the Father gesturing for Him to sit at His right hand.

His coronation is witnessed by Angels and by humans who rose from their graves as Matthew attests. Recall in your mind the greatest celebrations ever depicted in a movie of Good’s triumph over Evil, that scene pales in comparison to what occurred when the Everlasting King Returned Victorious.

His victory is our blessing. He has returned to heaven to prepare a place for us. Aragorn says, “Now is the time for peace.” Jesus is the Peace that never ends. Jesus is the light that conquers the darkness. Jesus is King for all forever.

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