What is Jesus doing now?

51) Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.

“Who then is the one who condemns? No-one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)

Our High Priest

Having accomplished His great work of atonement on the cross, Jesus is now in the presence of God as our great high priest (Hebrews 8:1,2) and mediator (I Timothy 2:5), interceding for us with His Father and bestowing God’s blessings upon His people (Acts 2:33).

 “It is for your good…”

Before He died, Jesus told His disciples, “Very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7) He has not abandoned us, but is still present with us through His Holy Spirit. He is no longer confined to one location on earth, but is with all believers, everywhere.

What does all this mean? It means, above all, that we can have confidence in Jesus. He is never far away from us; He will never fail us or forget us. His ministry did not cease when He ascended into heaven, but continues in us through His Spirit – and will continue, until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

 

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever. Amen.                                                                                                                                                      (Hebrews 13:20,21)

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