These are the four marks of Ascension hope: receiving the blessing of Jesus, yet recognizing his absence, realizing his place, and seeing his awesome worth.
Being a Christian in this time should not make us careless, nor overcome with cares, but, rather, full of care.
When the Church is true to her identity, there is nothing else like her in the world. Though she be hated, though she be neglected, though she be maligned, she belongs to God and is precious in his sight through Jesus Christ.
“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:17). What a passage for our time!
Think of it in terms of a line graph – we need to understand that the shape of the Christian life is not the constant upward curve, but instead the downward and then upward shape of the check mark.
For the Christian, death can do more than to deliver us into the hands of the One who overcame, you might even say, folded up death on our behalf.
In the crown of thorns, the burden of life under sin, indeed, sin itself, is rolled onto the very head of Jesus the Messiah.