HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7

It is expedient for me, it is my great gain and blessedness, that my Lord has gone away, as hard as I find it to credit the surprising truth.

Three benefits, the Heidelberg Catechism assures me, I receive from Christ’s Ascension —

1. “That He is my Advocate in the presence of His Father.” Such a Friend I have in the court of the King of kings — an Intercessor who ever lives, a Petitioner who never fails.

“Day and night our Jesus makes no pause,
Pleads His own fulfillment of all laws,
Veils with His perfections mortal flaws,
Clears the culprit, pleads the desperate cause,
Plucks the dead from death’s devouring jaws,
And the worm that gnaws.”

2. “That I have my own flesh in Heaven, as a sure pledge that He, who is the Head, will also take me, one of His members, up to Himself.” This is another good treasure and blessing. We two are so joined that, where He is today, I shall be tomorrow with Him.

3. “That He sends me His Spirit, by whose power I seek those things which are above.” This is the third beatitude that the Ascension brings me. He has received gifts for me, and, most of all, the supreme gift of the Holy Spirit. He sheds Him down on me; and then I, who am feeble, become like David, and can do valiantly.

Thus it is indeed best for me that the clouds have received my Redeemer, and are keeping Him until the time of the restitution of all things. I need the Christ of the glory — as well as the Christ of the humiliation.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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