The Ascension of our Lord is a feast day of the Christian Church but it is not often celebrated like many other feast days. The primary reason for this, I believe is because it falls on a Thursday. Some churches do have a celebration of the ascension on the Sunday following the actual day.
The reason that Ascension is on a Thursday is because the Ascension happens forty days after Easter. For forty days Jesus spent teaching his disciples about life without him, Jesus assured the disciples that even though he was going going to be with them physically that his presence was always with them. I can only imagine how the disciples felt, it would have been an amazing to be with Jesus again but it would have been terrible to know that they were going to lose Jesus again. Not only did they spend three years with Jesus; learning from him and experiencing amazing ministry but they were able to look into the eyes of the one who died for them and then came back to life and continued to minister to them.
Then on the 40th day, he ascended in the sight of his disciples.
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