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Easter: Christ exalted above the heavens

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I was thinking today about a sermon on Christ’s resurrection delivered by a good Christian brother and friend of mine, John Pratt. In it he focused not on the historical fact of Jesus physically coming out of the grave, as important as that is. Rather, he spoke of a more central and important reality concerning Jesus’ resurrection, namely, that Jesus was raised from the dead to the place of highest honor at the right hand of God Almighty, far above all power, rule, and authority. Thus Jesus, by virtue of His resurrection, not only lives, but rules and reigns from heaven as our sovereign Lord and Master. This is the best news of all because from this place of highest authority and power, Jesus now directs all of his divine resources toward my good and the good of all who trust Him. St. Peter affirms this when he preaches,

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,”‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”‘ “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

 The twin blessings of receiving the Holy Spirit and seeing Christ’s enemies subdued come as a result of Christ’s resurrection and exaltation as Lord. The apostle John, in the book of Revelation, records Jesus’ promise to His people in the church in Laodicea,

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.

And since death no longer has mastery over Jesus, the letter to the Hebrews tells us,

Jesus is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens.

Jesus is risen indeed, and because He is, He is willing and able to make good on every single one of God’s promises to you and me, if we will trust him. So let us trust him! Heavenly Father, help us to trust him. Help us to trust Jesus, as St. Paul commands, by being “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

Posted in Duenes, Theology

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