Our Lord is Ascended!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a powerful friend who went to bat for us? A friend who took care of our enemies? One who was upset with overreaching earthly powers who ignore His providence?

Jesus is ascended to heaven and we especially celebrate that this week. Jesus is the only potentate who has power over all things, both in heaven and on earth. We give our allegiance to Him. He is defending us and has a special interest in the well being of his bride, the church. He has received a body and is interested in physical things as well as spiritual. He cares about your person in total, both body and soul. It is Jesus who gives us ministers and blesses His people with gifts and graces. It is Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords -- who alone, makes intercession for us before our Father.

It is Jesus, now enthroned, who is overseeing the destruction of the kingdom of sin and Satan. It is Jesus who is in charge of the gospel being propagated throughout the world, and the calling of the Jews. Jesus, who is overseeing the fullness of the Gentiles brought in; the church being furnished with all gospel officers and ordinances, and slowly purged from corruption. It’s our King Jesus, who is overseeing the ordinances of Christ that they may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted: that Christ would rule in our hearts here, and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him forever: and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends.

An old catechism reminds us:

Q. 54. “How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?
A. Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favor with God the Father, with all fullness of joy, glory, and power over all things in heaven and earth; and doth gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces, and maketh intercession for them.” (Westminster Larger Catechism)