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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 certainly doesn’t get the “press” and fanfare of your birth and resurrection, your ascension is a most grace-filled, peace-giving, hope-fueling reality. Forty days after your resurrection, you ascended to the right hand of our Father, Almighty.

You didn’t sit down from exhaustion, but in response to your exaltation and coronation. Hallelujah… you are reigning on a throne, not relaxing in a hammock.

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)

However, the day deacon-Stephen became a Gospel-martyr, we were given one the most endearing images of your present reign and constant care for us. Lord Jesus, you not only arose from the dead and ascended into heaven, but you also now “rise for the occasion” of our greatest crises and needs.

Stephen saw you “standing at the right hand of God.” You gave him grace to forgive his enemies (Acts. 7:58-60), and a loving welcome into your very presence. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Hallelujah, what a salvation! So very Amen, indeed

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