Read: Acts 1:9-12
We have this as a . . . steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters . . . where Jesus has gone as a forerunner. (Heb. 6:19-20)
“He ascended into heaven.” We say that every time we recite the Apostles’ Creed. But can we actually believe this? Maybe in Bible times people could believe that heaven was a place up in the sky, and that Jesus flew up there after his resurrection, but modern people can’t.
Yes we can. The point of the ascension is not that heaven is “up there.” The point is that Jesus Christ in his resurrection body has left the physical universe and entered the presence of God. In his ascension, Jesus signals that he no longer will be physically present here in the world, but that his body will now be in the realm where God reigns—the place we call heaven.
Nor does it mean that Jesus floated up like a balloon or took off like a rocket. As Martin Luther supposedly said, “It didn’t happen the way you climb up a ladder in your house. It means he is above all creation and in all creation and outside of all creation.”
Jesus’ glorified body is in heaven, at the right hand of the Father. He has gone there as our forerunner. He is our anchor of hope. We’re tied to him by faith, like a ship chained to its anchor. So we can be sure that where he is now we one day will be. Hallelujah! —David Bast
Prayer: Lord, confirm us in the hope that we will one day be with you.