Like Our Lord

Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. – Ephesians 4:8

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

As we consider Christ ascended, our hearts burn within us at the thought that He is the type of all His people. As He was, so are we also in this world; and as He is, so shall we also be. To us also there remain both a resurrection and an ascension. Unless the Lord come very speedily, we shall die as He did, and the sepulcher shall receive our bodies for a while; there is for us a tomb in a garden, or a rest in the Machpelah of our fathers. For us there are winding-sheets and grave clothes; yet like our Lord we shall burst the bonds of death, for we cannot be holden of them. There is a resurrection morning for us, because there was a rising again for Him. Death could as soon have held the head as the members; the prison doors once taken away, post and bar and all, the captives are set free. Then when we have risen from the dead at the blast of the trumpet, we shall ascend also, for is it not written that we shall be caught up together with the Lord in the air, and so shall be for ever with the Lord? Have courage, brother; that glittering road up to the highest heavens, which Christ has trodden, you too must tread; the triumph which He enjoyed shall be yours in your measure. You, too, shall lead your captivity captive, and amidst the acclamations of angels you shall receive the “well done” of the ever-blessed Father, and shall sit with Jesus on His throne, even as He has overcome and sits with the Father upon His throne. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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