The ascension of Jesus
After His resurrection in Jerusalem, Jesus spent some time here on earth, making appearances and instructing His disciples. He knew that soon the Father would be calling Him back to heaven–that He would ascend back to the right hand of he Father. In Acts 1:9, Luke records that as the disciples were speaking to Jesus, “he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”
What significance does this have for our lives now–and for our parenting? Consider what the author of Hebrews has noted for us as he quoted from Psalm 8, speaking of Jesus:
It has been testified somewhere,
“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,
putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. (Hebrews 2:6-8a)
Notice, fellow parents, that there is nothing outside of the control of Jesus! He is enthroned over the entire universe. As William Farley reminded his hearers at the talk on which this series is based, “Jesus reigns!” What words could be more encouraging for us as we struggle through the bumps, struggles, and heartbreaks of parenting?
The author of Hebrews was not ignorant of the difficulties we face. Immediately following the statements quoted above, he wrote, “At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.” We see sin in the hearts of our children, leading them to defiance and rebellion. We even see them reject the truths of the gospel that we’ve tried so hard to teach and model. Not just that, but we also see sin in our own hearts as parents, spewing out in the form of anger, violence, or rudeness toward our children or our spouses.
Those experiences might make some sense to our inquiring minds, because they’re rooted in our sinful choices–either as children or as parents. But what about our experiences that are totally outside of our control–things like sickness, disease, deformities, injuries, and even death? Does Jesus not see those coming? Does He not care for us? Does He not have the power or authority to remove them from our plate?
Be assured by the writer of Hebrews that the Father has put “everything in subjection under Jesus’ feet,” even when it seems otherwise. We need not fear what is to come, because whatever happens in our lives is under the direction and control of Jesus. There are no accidents.
So when you find out your child has a serious disease, when you find out your spouse cheated on you, when you are diagnosed with cancer, when your child wanders from the faith, when you react in anger for what seems to be the millionth time…remember that when you see difficulties and dark clouds in your life, you can also see “him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death” (Heb. 2:9). Take heart that the One who loves you and died for you is overseeing every detail of your life–even the worst of them. And He is working it all for your good (Rom. 8:28)