During the season on Eastertide, one of the texts that appears in the Book of Common Prayer’s daily readings is Hebrews 9:24: “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.

The claim this text makes is that we are not forgotten here. He stands FOR us at the Throne of God. This means we have a direct line into the Holy of Holies.

We used to sing a chorus when I was growing up:

Jesus on the mainline, tell him what you want.
Jesus on the mainline, tell him what you want.
Jesus on the mainline, tell him what you want.
Jesus on the mainline.

Though quite childish and self-centered, there was a profound nugget of truth in that song—we have the ear of the resurrected Christ. We matter to him. What touches us touches him. He lives in the eternal on our behalf.

Knowing this gives us a tie between natural time and events and supra-time that transcends both time and events. Christ is seated both in our hearts AND in eternity. We are seated here AND with Christ in eternity (Eph. 2:6 – “And God raised us up with Christ and seats us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”). We have a citizenship here in this world AND in the world to come (Phill 3:20 — “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”).

We are double realm-ed people living in the tension of what is and what is beyond what is—this is the seat of faith.