Now, leaving the aesthetics aside and moving on to the theology, we've been looking at Christ's Ascension and seeing that it's about a lot more than simply a change of location. As a result of His Ascension, we've seen that Jesus arrives, that Jesus receives, and that Jesus gives. And today we're going to look at how, because of His Ascension, Jesus ministers.
3. Jesus Ministers
Why am I using a vague term like ministers? Because there are a few different ways in which Jesus ministers to His people as a result of the Ascension. The book of Hebrews highlights two particular ministries of the ascended Christ.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15).As a result of His ascension, we have a great High Priest who sympathises with our weaknesses; Jesus our ascended Mediator shows us compassion. But this compassion is much more than merely a sympathetic feeling. So how does Jesus show this compassion?