God raised Jesus from the dead and seated him at his right hand, in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named. Ephesians 1:20-21
We almost can’t imagine how high the ‘heavenly places’ are, but it isn’t a physical height or distance. More likely, it is a distance of perspective; a perspective that allows Jesus – and us – to rise above rule and authority, power and dominion; to see that the drama and troubles and even the triumphs of this world are all temporary—passing scenes in the ongoing human story. Even now, while we are in our earthly lives, it is good for us to picture those more distant, heavenly places, knowing that because Christ is with us now … here … we can share his lofty view, and can know that rulers, powers, and dominions ultimately cannot touch us.
And if we name all of the people and griefs and miseries that burden us now, if we name all those who intimidate or awe us now, we can know that those heavenly places are “above every name that can be named.” Yes, even while we live in this world, we can refresh our hearts and souls by seeing it from Jesus’s view in the heavenly places.
© Carol Dean Henn 2018
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