i'm preparing a homily for Ascension Sunday and i've been really struck by the importance of the humanity of Christ in the early church. i got some pretty key information from a post by a Regent College prof about the Ascension and the humanity of Christ. the gist of it is that the most quoted OT scripture in the NT is Psalm 110:1 "The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." and that speaks to the importance that the early church put on the Ascension and coronation of Christ. there are all sorts of post-resurrection stories pointing to the fact that Jesus had a human physical body that took sustainance and could be touched. it seems obvious from those scriptures that the early believers really wanted to emphasize the fact that Jesus was human and there was no need to spiritualize his resurrection work.
one of my favourite lines in one of my favourite Grain of Wheat songs comes from a tune called "Here by the Water" by Jim Croegaert. it says, "blood on the road wasn't mine though, someone that i know has walked here before" and i find the humanity of Christ very comforting. Christ ascended as a man; a God-man but a man nevertheless, and he "sat down" at the right hand of God to minister as a priest and a king.
the fact that all things are subject to a human King allows my heart to relate to God. all things have always been subject to God but now they are subject to a human also and that fact, the sacrifice by that man, allows me access to God. I CAN AND DO RELATE, AND HAVE ACCESS TO GOD.
i'll post the homily up here on or after Ascension Sunday but in the meantime i just wanted to throw down some of these thoughts.