Jesus, Our Man in Heaven

How wonderful that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. What amazing condescension! He came alongside us and lifted us up, just as he lifted Peter out of the water in the midst of the storm when his faith began to fail.

Not only did Jesus become a man and live on earth and die to redeem us, but he sits in heaven at the right hand of the Father as one of us. He didn’t somehow get absorbed back into the Godhead and lose his humanity. No! When Jesus entered the human race 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, he took humanity into the Godhead for all eternity. There is now, and always will be, a man in heaven who is also God.

The Athanasian Creed is one of the early creeds that established the doctrine of the Trinity, that God is three in one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that there are three persons but one substance. Part of that creed says this about Jesus Christ–he is:

Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching his manhood.
Who, although he is God and man, yet he is not two, but one Christ.
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhood into God.

Jesus Christ will always be one of us. And because He was—and still is—part of the human race, He understands us completely. He sympathizes with us perfectly. He has been through everything that we go through.

“Let us THEREFORE come boldly unto the throne of grace.” Why? Because there is a man in heaven who is also God. There is someone there who listens to our prayers and sympathizes with us because he understands our weaknesses, he knows our frame, he knows what it’s like to be tempted.

Come boldly.