Commenting on the ascension in his Reflections On The Psalms, C. S. Lewis writes: “It seems to me that I never meet any strong or exultant sense of the continued, never-to-be-abandoned, humanity of Christ in glory, in eternity. We stress the humanity too exclusively at Christmas; and the deity too exclusively after the resurrection; almost as if Christ once became a man and then presently reverted to being simply a God. We think of the resurrection and ascension (rightly) as great acts of God; less often as the triumph of man.”
Ascension Day is an opportunity to do just that, to consider Christ’s great triumph that includes us and rejoice at the “humanity of Christ in glory.” As the writer of Hebrews encourages us, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every way has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Let us pray, using the Book Of Common Prayer, “God, the king of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven; leave us not desolate, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to where our Saviour Christ has gone before, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for evermore.”
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