The Profession of Faith
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all
men to myself.”
The lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and
announces his lifting up by his Ascension into heaven, and indeed
begins it. Jesus Christ, the one priest of the new and eternal Cove-
nant, “entered, not into a sanctuary made by human hands . . . but
into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our
There Christ permanently exercises his priesthood, for
he “always lives to make intercession” for “those who draw near
to God through him.”
As “high priest of the good things to
come” he is the center and the principal actor of the liturgy that
honors the Father in heaven.
Henceforth Christ is
seated at the right hand of the Father:
‘the Father’s right hand’ we understand the glory and honor of
divinity, where he who exists as Son of God before all ages, indeed
as God, of one being with the Father, is seated bodily after he
became incarnate and his flesh was glorified.”
Being seated at the Father’s right hand signifies the inaugu
ration of the Messiah’s kingdom, the fulfillment of the prophet
Daniel’s vision concerning the Son of man: “To him was given
dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and
languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting domin-
ion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not
After this event the apostles became witnesses of
the “kingdom [that] will have no end.”
Christ’s ascension marks the definitive entrance of
Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence
he will come again (cf.
1:11); this humanity in the
meantime hides him from the eyes of men (cf.
Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into
the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members
546 St. John Damascene,
De fide orth.,
4, 2: PG 94, 1104C.
548 Nicene Creed.