Lesson 36: Coronation

He ascended into heaven, And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

This article of the Creed does not mean that since Ascension Day our Lord has been sitting on a gold throne or in a comfortable armchair in heaven. It means that, not only is God the Son equal in all respects to God the Father, but also that, as Man, Jesus is king of all this world (Revelation 19, 11 to 16). Always, when we talk or think about God and heaven, we know that even our best words and finest thoughts are not really suitable (try to describe a sunset; still less can we describe the Holy Trinity and eternity).

When a Roman General - not one of Mussolini’s Wops, but a real soldier in the days when the Roman army was the finest in the world - had won a war, he was given a Triumph. At the head of his victorious soldiers he marched through his home-town, the streets of which were thronged with cheering people paying him honour. Our Lord’s Ascension was his Triumph. Not with a great army, but alone - alone he had won the greatest victory there ever has been - he returned home. His glorified human body, still marked with the wounds received in the Battle of Golgotha, is adored in heaven by its inhabitants, the archangels and angels (Hebrews 2, 9). He is head of the whole Church (Ephesians 1, 22). His glory adorns even heaven (Revelation 21, 22 and 23). For ever Christ is king.

In his glory and honour you and I share; since he is Man, our elder brother, still one of us.

When some of London’s first bombs fell on Haggerston, and people were killed, one of St. Augustine’s boy scouts was so brave in rescuing people that he received a Scout Honour. His parents, brother, and sisters, shared in Bob’s distinction. We are members of Christ’s Family the Church; the glory of King Jesus is our glory too.

The last Sunday in October is the Feast of Christ the King; but all the year round we share the honour of our victorious elder brother, who said {St. John 14, 2).