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Devotional - week of March 31, 2002


LEFT BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

… while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  Acts 1:9

Jesus was gone. His followers watched Him go. Their friend, their Lord, this Servant of men was gone—to the right hand of the Father. Jesus had left them, but He had not forgotten them.

Our ascended Lord continued as a servant of men.

… with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  Hebrews 9:12b

Only days after His ascension and enthronement—on the day of Pentecost—He poured out the Holy Spirit to live in and empower believers. Acts 2:33 explains:

Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He [The resurrected and exalted Jesus] poured out this which you now see and hear.

Jesus began a ministry of unceasing intercession for the Christian growth of all believers upon His ascension. Hebrews 7:25 says:

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

The shed blood of this resurrected Servant-Lord opened the door for believers to experience life with Him in the presence of the Father:

And so, dear brothers, now we may walk right into the very Holy of Holies where God is because of the blood of Jesus. … And since this great High Priest of ours rules over God’s household, let us go right in, to God Himself … Hebrews 10:19, 21a (The Living Bible)

Let us not delay. Do so today. Because of His shed blood, “walk right in.”

 

It is all of grace.