A second implication of the ascension of Jesus is that he now intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father. Paul says:
Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)Robert Murray McCheyne once remarked, "If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference. He is praying for me!"
We need not fear a million enemies, enemies of debt, exhaustion, marital trouble, job problems, sin, or death. We need not fear because Jesus is praying for us. Like a perfect father, Jesus holds us in his arms, spiritually speaking, and cares for us through prayer.
Think about this. As Americans we each have a representative in Washington, DC. We have probably never seen our representative, never even spoken to him or her. When we do try to communicate with our Congressional representative, they may take little, real notice of us. All we may get in return is a form letter or email. That representative will stay in office until his or her constituency elects someone else.
However, our representative in heaven is not elected. He was begotten of the Father before all worlds and appointed by the Father to be our mediator. He cares about us. Even though we have never seen Jesus, he knows all about us. He represents us perfectly before our Father in heaven. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus prays for us "with groans that words cannot express." (Romans 8:26)
Tomorrow, we will look at a third implication of the ascension.