“Thus, since He has gone up there, and is in heaven for us, let us note that we need not fear to be in this world. It is true that we are subject to so much misery that our condition is pitiable, but at that we need neither be astonished nor confine our attention to ourselves. Thus, we look to our Head Who is already in heaven, and say,
Although I am weak, there is Jesus Christ Who is powerful enough to make me stand upright.
Although I am feeble, there is Jesus Christ who is my strength.
Although I am full of miseries, Jesus Christ is in immortal glory and what He has will some time be given to me and I shall partake of all His benefits.
Yes, the devil is called the price of this world. But what of it? Jesus Christ holds him in check for He is King of heaven and earth.
There are devils above us in the air who make war against us. But what of it? Jesus Christ rules above, having entire control of the battle. Thus, we need not doubt that He gives us the victory.
I am here subject to many changes, which may cause me to lose courage. But what of it? The Son of God is my Head, Who is exempt from all change. I must, then, take confidence in Him.
This is how we must look at His Ascension, applying the benefit to ourselves.”
(John Calvin, Deity of Christ, pp. 238-239, quoted in Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation by Gerrit Scott Dawson, pp. 181-182)
HT: Jeff Brewer