WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH
Christ Church, Trivandrum, which was consecrated in 1859, is the oldest church in the city. Set in sylvan surroundings, it is centrally located in the Palayam area, between the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium and the University Stadium, and with the Kerala Legislative Complex on one side and the arterial Mahatma Gandhi Road on the other.
The Church itself is an elegant building, built in the Gothic style, with beautiful stained glass windows portraying The Good Shepherd. The windows on the walls depict the twelve disciples (and their symbols) and others associated with the life of Jesus.
Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
During this month we remember the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Ascension is one of the important and glorious events in the life and work of Christ. The 40th day after the Resurrection is celebrated as Ascension Day, also known as the Feast of Ascension.
Ascension and its meaning
The ascension of Jesus had been prophesied (Ps.110:1, Acts.2:33-36) and was revealed by Jesus(LK.22:69, Jn.6:62). Ascension becomes a strong proof or explanation of the resurrected body and also indicates that the redemptive work of Christ is completed (Jn.20:16,17). Ascension was witnessed by the apostles and others.
“—— He was taken up before their very eyes and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Acts.1:9; Lk.24:50:51. Jesus Christ ascended personally, visibly and bodily. Thus ascension becomes the climax of the “Kerygma”, ie, preaching in witnessing about Jesus Christ. (Lk. 24:26, Acts,1:2)
Ascension a Pre-requisite for Pentecost and “Parousia”
Ascension becomes a pre-requisite of what Jesus had already promised.
a) Jn. 16:7: Firstly, ascension becomes a pre-requisite for the coming of the Holy Spirit -Pentecost. (Acts 1:4)
b) Jn.14:3: Secondly, ascension becomes a pre-requisite for the second coming of Jesus Christ – Parousia (Acts.1:11, Mk.26:64.)
The joyful expectations of the “Comforter” and Christ’s return swallow up the sorrow of Christ’s departure.
The expression “he ascended” means that he had also “descended” from heaven. Paul in his letter to the Philippians states that, “though he was in the form of God— he emptied himself by taking the form of a servant”. After stating the humility and death of Jesus Paul continues to write saying, “therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name. (Phil. 2:5-11) He who descended is Himself also he who ascended into heaven. Heaven is the immediate presence of God’s glory. Mark briefly states that “Jesus was received into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God (Mk.16:19). It was like home coming for the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Dear ones, Jesus will come again as he ascended into heaven. Let us prepare ourselves and be ready to receive the King of kings on his coming in glory.
May God bless you all,
Yours in His service,
C Y Thomas Achen