The mystery of the Ascension is just that—it’s a mystery. It demands that we think what many people today think is almost unthinkable; that when the Bible speaks of heaven and earth it is not talking about two localities related to each other within the same space-time continuum, nor is it speaking about a spiritual world as contrasted with a physical world. No! Time and eternity for God are flip sides of the same coin. Spiritual and physical are not two different worlds, but together confess a reality that no eye has fully seen nor mind has fully plumbed!
As a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker, have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy? You have not loved me. Have you been hot-tempered, rude or quarrelsome? You have not loved me. Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds? You have not loved me. Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm? You have my commandments, and you have not kept them. You are not one who loves me.
We look at our world everyday and see the effects of sin. We see people struggling, suffering, and dying. And we think that if only we could get society to recognize how good God’s law is. How it lays down tried and true prescriptions for good living. If only people would do these things, how much better the better the world would be.
In darkness, Nicodemus has come, seeking out Christ, the Light of the World, thinking that he has grasped the light, that he knows from where it came, and wanting to make sure that they’re both going in the same direction. But as he came in out of the darkness, into the presence of the Light, he was left disoriented and confused, struggling to make sense out of what is there in front of him.