Ascension is one of the three major Church festivals; the others are Easter and Pentecost. To someone who asks, "Do you know Jesus," we answer, "Yes, the ascended Lord." Ascension is one of those events that changes everything. Christ is now preparing a place for us with His Father. On the Last Day, He will come in the same way He left. We speak of Ascension - not Christmas or Easter - when we say that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
This Jesus has promised to be with us always; this Jesus is with us in the means of grace: Word and Sacrament. We no longer see Him, but He is with us to the very end of this age. Be comforted, for you have a great High Priest who resisted every sin that we must face. He now intercedes for and blesses us continually. Rejoice because of Jesus, the ascended Christ!
I'm back at my home church until mid-August.