Did Jesus’ first followers grieve when he left them and ascended into heaven? Should his followers today be sad that he is no longer with us in the flesh? No! Just the opposite is the case! The Ascension of Our Lord is one of the great celebrations of the Church. “He ascended into heaven,” we confess, “and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty” so that he might intercede for us sinners, pour out his saving grace upon us, equip us to be his witnesses, and strengthen us for the task of proclaiming his salvation to the ends of the earth. Yes, the kingdom and the power and the glory belong to the ascended Lord Jesus now and forever!