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  “(Jesus) has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.” 1 Pet. 3:22

  Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56

 

Lord Jesus, though it doesn’t get the “press” and fanfare of your birth and resurrection, your ascension is a most peace-giving, hope-fueling reality. Forty days after your resurrection, you ascended to the right hand of our Father. You didn’t fall into a hammock, or sit back in a recliner, but you climbed onto your throne.

You are actively…

Making all things new (Rev. 1:5)

Interceding for us constantly (Heb. 7:25)

Working in all things for our good (Rom. 8:28)

Ruling over every king on the earth (Rev. 1:4b-6)

Putting all your enemies under your feet (1 Cor. 15:25)

And, Jesus, the day deacon-Stephen became a Gospel-martyr, you gave us one of the most worship-fueling images of your constant care for us (Acts 7). As he was being stoned, Stephen saw you “standing at the right hand of God.” Whatever our crisis, fear, or threat, you are with us and for us. Whether you deliver us from peril or into heaven, give us suffering-grace or the grace to wait in hope… you are good, you are loving, you are Lord… all the time. Hallelujah, and So Very Amen.

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