I heard a talk last Sunday on Palm Sunday and Easter. The talk of the risen Christ reminded me of how some people use the term Ascension. It’s a word I generally avoid as people use it to mean quite a few different things. But in it’s highest meaning, it is the awakening of the body, the physical as cosmic.
While in previous stages of development we have awoken to pure Being and the divine, gradually that awakeness moves forward (down) into all layers of experience. First we become cosmic on the level of consciousness, then, with the shift to Unity, on the level of intellect. Then mind, emotions and finally, the body.
We then recognize there is only one Cosmic Body and we are that. This is the body of white light, born of the Divine Mother. This is the Christ body, indicating Jesus of Nazareth had risen to such an exalted state that he was living the cosmic right in the physical. Not just recognizing oneself as that but fully embodying it. He became deathless, even in the body.
We might debate the known details of the life of Jesus; what he actually said and when he actually said it for example. But that is just details of the person. What has risen lives with us to this day, embodying the love of God and the sword of truth.
The second coming is not when he returns to us but when we return to him, to our own divine and cosmic nature. This remains with us at all times. It is only for us to discover this in ourselves.