And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6
Where is Christ today? Seated at the Father’s right hand in Heaven. Where are you seated? In the same place. You don’t have to die to go to Heaven. In Christ, you are seated with Him in Heaven right now.
Listen to this, from Ephesians 1—
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,
20 Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Why is the empty tomb so glorious? Because it signifies more than just the fact that God raised Jesus from the dead. He raised you, too, to walk “in newness of life” (see Romans 6:4). I have come out of that grave. I have ascended. You have, too, if you are saved.
We encourage fellow believers by telling them, “Keep looking up,” when we should be saying, “Keep looking down!”—you’re already seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven, so you can look down on your problems. You, dear friend, have a brand new life!
Take a moment and ask God to give you a new life or thank Him for the one He has already given you. You are seated with Christ in heavenly places.