A Passage and A Prayer

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23 ESV).

Scripture tells us that after Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross, He rose from the grave three days later.  Forty days after His resurrection Jesus ascended into heaven to sit at the “right hand of God the Father.”  So what does this mean?

Many paintings depict Jesus sitting on the right side of a gray bearded heavenly Father.  The “right hand” is not a location, but a condition. 

The term “right hand” actually refers to Jesus being all-powerful and always present.  Being at the “right hand” of the Father reminds us that Jesus can fulfill His promise of using all things together for good and His promise to be with us always.

This is the confidence we get from the ascension of Jesus into His rightful place in heaven.  It is easy to believe that Jesus is far removed from us since He is in heaven and we are on earth.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Jesus is with us.  When we read His Word, He is with us.  When we partake in Holy Communion, with simple elements of bread and wine, He gives us His true Body and His true Blood to strengthen our faith and forgive our sin. 

The good news is that we are never alone.  Jesus is with us to protect us, to forgive us, to encourage us in our faith walk.

The better news is that Jesus prepares a place for us in heaven so that one day, when our earthly journey is completed, He will take us to be with Him forever in the perfections of His kingdom where there will be no more sickness or sorrow; no more trials or troubles; no more disease or death.  We will enjoy the life He intended us to live before the fall into sin.  It will be a life of eternal joy and peace.

When life is troublesome and challenging, remember that Jesus is with You to use everything to draw you closer to Him and one day you will be with Him in heaven.

O, yes!  The best is yet to come!

Lord Jesus, give me peace in times of trouble by reminding me that You are with me always; that You use all things for good in my life; and that You will take me to heaven to live with You in eternal joy and peace.  In the meantime, strengthen my faith that I may live as Your witness.  I pray this in Your holy name.  Amen.


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