He is ascended!
In his ongoing humanity, Jesus continues to be our representative and substitute (the One for the many; the many in the One). Thus Paul can declare that when Jesus ascended, all humanity ascended with and in him: "It is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus..." (Eph. 2:5b-6).
You may be asking, Where does Scripture say that Jesus remains human? Note the following verses:
- "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1Tim. 2:5, emphasis added).
- "For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:31, emphasis added).
In Jesus the God-man, we have a "merciful and faithful high priest" (Heb. 2:17) who forever shares our humanity (v. 14). Jesus not only MAKES the covenant between God and humanity, he IS the covenant (see Heb. 9:15ff). And because this is so, we may approach God through and in Jesus with confidence (10:35), "running" our "race" in union with Jesus, sharing in his hope-filled perseverance (12:1).