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The Ascended Lord Jesus Is with Us Always in His Church on Earth
After He rose from the dead, the Lord Jesus presented Himself alive to the apostles, â€œappearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of Godâ€ (Acts 1:3). When He ascended to the right hand of the Father, He did not orphan His Church, but He fills all things in heaven and on earth and gives gifts to His disciples. Even now, through His Church, He continues â€œto do and teachâ€ (Acts 1:1), preaching â€œrepentance for the forgiveness of sinsâ€ (Luke 24:47), even â€œto the end of the earthâ€ (Acts 1:8). Though the cloud hid Jesus from the sight of His disciples then, and He remains hidden from sight even now, He remains with His people through His Gospel and Sacraments. He comes to us by the word of His apostles, by the promise of His Father and by the power of the Holy Spirit, whom He pours out upon â€œthe church, which is his bodyâ€ (Eph. 1:22â€“23). In this Holy Christian Church, we bless God and worship Christ with joy, for in His Church He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands and seats us with Himself â€œin the heavenly placesâ€ (Eph. 1:20).