Today (17th May) is Ascension Day. In the Christian year it’s often the poor cousin of Easter, Christmas and Pentecost – partly because it always falls on a Thursday.

“50 When Jesus had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.” (Luke 24)

This is the transition from Jesus walking on earth, to Jesus “seated at the right hand of the Father reigning until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1Corinthians 15:25). It is from here that he looks at every single one of us, seeing and knowing all our thoughts – and working in the world to draw us to himself.

Let’s look up and remember that our Jesus has risen from the dead – and has ascended – and that from there he pours out the Holy Spirit and intercedes for each of us – 23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7)

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