For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Hebrews 9:24
Preaching through the Bible sometimes results in important events getting little attention. An example is the ascension of Christ into heaven forty days after His resurrection—one of the most important events in all of Christian theology. But going verse-by-verse through the New Testament means you only encounter three references to this important event: Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11. But an entire chapter of the book of Hebrews discusses the implications of the ascension: Christ entering the heavenly sanctuary as our High Priest and Intercessor before the throne of God (Hebrews 9).
We should take great joy from the Ascension of Jesus and contemplate what it means for us. As our High Priest, Christ presented Himself to the Father and secured the eternal redemption of His Church by His own blood. As our Intercessor, Christ stands between us and God the Father, defending us against Satan’s accusations (Romans 8:33-34). You are saved, and remained saved and sanctified, because Christ ascended to heaven.
Praise God today for what the ascension of Christ means in your life: saved, sealed, sanctified, secure forever.
Astronauts sink into insignificance beside this Ascension!
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