Why did Jesus go back to heaven after His resurrection? I mean, think about it. He spent three years walking among us and teaching people about the Father and what it means to walk with Him. It culminated in His final act of love, as He died on the cross to pay for our sins. The story concludes with a nice epilogue as Jesus appears to the disciples and some others a few times before ascending into Heaven to be with the Father.
But why? Why didn’t Jesus stay and just keep going with this whole “revealing God” plan? Surely He would have been the best equipped to talk about the Father. After all, He is God! And yet, His plan was to return to heaven and entrust the job of telling others about Him to others.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. Matthew 28:16
This was the moment when Jesus would reveal this grand plan to the disciples. And what was His plan? That they—not Him—would be the instruments for sharing the Gospel with the world!
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… Matthew 28:19
First Trinity is the place it is today because the torch was passed down from generation to generation, from the disciples to others to others still, all the way down to our founders. And then generations within this church picked up that torch and continued the work.
God’s hand was certainly evident throughout. His people were faithful in carrying out His mission, and we benefit from it today. But what about tomorrow? God is still in this place, and He’s calling you to pick up the torch. Who are you passing this Christian faith down to? Who are you preparing to pick up the torch and follow after you? God has used His people in the past for His purposes, and He’s calling you to be used today.