So sin yoke of us to the ground. First – the pressure of temptations, from which podgibayutsya knees. Then – a shame when a person is omitted, and the height of heaven to look ashamed. Another sin did not matter, not as an accomplished fact, once it is only in the form of intention is in the heart, like a worm – in the apple, and the man lowers his eyes already.
So it was with Cain when severe pain insults stung his pride.”Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell” (Genesis 4: 5.). Knowing the human heart, seeing what thoughts ripen in its available human eyes depth, God warns Cain from emerging in it sin. “If you do well, – says the Lord – will you not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin is at the door of lies; he desire is for you, but you must master it “(Gen. 4: 7.).
What happened to Cain after we remember. And the success in the affairs of the earth, which is different then the offspring of Cain, have partly a consequence of his eyes once descended into the earth. Hence – the advances in animal husbandry, metallurgy and vydelyvanii tissues that differ Cainites. Lowering one’s face to the ground in shame, Cain eventually became a successful father in the affairs of earthly civilization.
This is the natural movement of the head and eye, as a look at the sky, not everyone is given the same simple. A man tormented conscience, a much more natural bent to the ground, lowers his eyes. The sky, the “throne of God” (Mt 5:. 34), recognized pure and holy. Therefore, the prodigal son, making penitential prayer, preparing to say: “Father! I have sinned against heaven, and before thee “(Luke 15: 18)..
And Ascension straighten our bent backs. It makes looking up. And – with joy.
Viewed up and witnesses of Christ’s suffering. The mountain itself is high. Bottom-up look at all the mountain, who stands at its foot. Cross the mountain rises above samoyu. Christ said: “When I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” (Jn 12:. 32). It is to this day attracts the souls of men, and when we raise a person to Calvary, our eyes are filled with tears.
But not so in the Ascension. Then, after seeing him for a long moment, the apostles returned to Jerusalem “with great joy. And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God “(Luke 24:. 52-53).
Christ is alive! Christ came out victorious from the battle to the death! However, the kingdom of Israel he will make no more this summer. And in general he is doing a lot of this that people find themselves in his works are not prepared. Here and now he commanded not to leave Jerusalem, but wait for “power from on high.” He does not say it all at once, and what he says is not immediately clear. His mind – not our thoughts. But the main thing – he was alive and promised to be with us until the end of time! And if so, nothing terrible.
Christ ascends, and people look at the sky. That remarkable picture. Nothing great and interesting things in this hour not for the apostles on earth. The most important thing for them there, where Christ rising.
How interesting that the pagans had once peered into the night sky, and the sky light special star led them to the Child-Messiah. First Advent ushered in a dark sky, decorated with stars. Heaven is, but clear and a day will be proclaimed, and the Second Coming. That angels in white robes said to the apostles: “Men of Galilee! What do you stand looking into the sky? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same manner as you saw Him go into heaven “(Acts 1:. 11).
Feast of the Ascension holiday becomes the proclamation of the Second Coming. It is now – the main goal of raising at eye sky.
But do not forget the Cross of Calvary. He also, as we remember, forced to raise the face to the sky.Cross, Ascension, Second Coming. On the last day, all these events will merge into one, because before the glorious appearing of Christ to judge the world, “shall appear the sign of the Son of Man (the Cross, that is) in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth shall see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory “(Matthew 24:. 30). Weep because so far all the time staring at the ground, all their works they do for the sake of the earth, the earth measured the success of their efforts. For those who have not forgotten about the sky and about the One who ascended to after the resurrection, saith the Lord: “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is approaching” (Lk. 21: 28).
We look up and straighten out the sinners. Straighten back all the redeemed the blood of the Son of God; everything not forgotten about this great redemption price; all speak of Christ: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:. 20).
We do not need more than to crawl in the dust and stand on all fours. The advantage we returned, and we were presented with an adoption. The vertical coordinate informs Lord exalted thoughts of the human heart of the believer. And once again he returned home to hear the voice of the son of the Father: “Bring the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet;and bring the fatted calf, and kill it; let us eat and be merry “(Luke 15:. 22).