Is there anywhere or any place we can go that will separate from the presence of Jesus and the love of God? There is not. Jesus has promised to be with his disciples until the end of time and that means us too. Through the Holy Spirit given to every follower of Christ we have the presence of Jesus, God with us;…with us.
Give thanks this day for the Ascension of Jesus into heaven for he is able to be present with us wherever life’s journeys may take us. More than that, Jesus died for us, was raised for us, is at the right hand of God for us, and prays for us. Jesus is For Us! In light of that: Who will you be for today? What will you be for today?
Q46. What do you mean by saying “He ascended into heaven”?
- That Christ, while His disciples watched, was lifted up from the earth into heaven1 and will be there for our good2 until He comes again to judge the living and the dead.3 1 Luke 24:50, 51; Acts 1:9-11. 2 Rom. 8:34; Eph. 4:8-10; Heb. 7:23-25; 9:24. 3 Acts 1:11.
Q47. But isn’t Christ with us until the end of the world as He promised us?1
- Christ is true man and true God. In His human nature Christ is not now on earth;2 but in His divinity, majesty, grace, and Spirit He is not absent from us for a moment.3 1 Matt. 28:20. 2 Acts 1:9-11; 3:19-21. 3 Matt. 28:18-20; John 14:16-19.
Q48. If His humanity is not present wherever His divinity is, then aren’t the two natures of Christ separated from each other?
- Certainly not. Since divinity is not limited and is present everywhere,1 it is evident that Christ’s divinity is surely beyond the bounds of the humanity He has taken on, but at the same time His divinity is in and remains personally united to His humanity.2 1 Jer. 23:23, 24; Acts 7:48, 49 (Isa. 66:1). 2 John 1:14; 3:13; Col. 2:9.
Q49. How does Christ’s ascension into heaven benefit us?
- First, He pleads our cause in heaven in the presence of His Father.1 Second, we have our own flesh in heaven— a guarantee that Christ our head will take us, His members, to Himself in heaven.2 Third, He sends His Spirit to us on earth as a further guarantee.3 By the Spirit’s power we make the goal of our lives, not earthly things, but the things above where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.4 1 Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1. 2 John 14:2; 17:24; Eph. 2:4-6. 3 John 14:16; 2 Cor. 1:21, 22; 5:5. 4 Col. 3:1-4.