"Christ left His Throne in Heaven to ... Wait a Minute!" The issue of Christ's unbroken presence in Heaven came up when I was teaching the Hebrews Bible study. This truth is implied in the following verses: "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" Heb. 1:3 "Upholding" is continuous present. Christ did not cease from upholding all things when he came to Earth, lived the perfect life, died the perfect death. See John Owen's "Commentary" on this verse. "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Col. 1:17 Same general truth here. The preachers who wax eloquent and preach "Christ left His throne in heaven...etc" assert more (rather, less) than they can prove. Berkhof adds a good point here: "It is better to say that the person of the Son of God became incarnate than to say that the divine nature assumed human flesh." (Systematic Theology, Section three, "The Unipersonality of Christ", p. 323, emphasis in original) "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." John 3:13 And then came across this in my reading of Calvin's Institutes: "Another absurdity which they obtrude upon us, viz., that if the Word of God became incarnate, it must have been enclosed in the narrow tenement of an earthly body, is sheer petulance. For although the boundless essence of the Word was united with human nature into one person, we have no idea of any enclosing. The Son of God descended miraculously from heaven, yet without abandoning heaven; was pleased to be conceived miraculously in the Virgin's womb, to live on the earth, and hang upon the cross, and yet always filled the world as from the beginning." (Calvin's "Institutes", Bk.2, Ch. 13) Awesome teaching here. On the basis of verses like John 3:13 we can assume that the Divine Son of God was always present as God - with all that implies - even when he was also a tiny being in the womb of Mary, and when He was dead in the tomb. He was always "upholding all things by the word of His power", Hebrews 1:3, even in those times of seeming powerlessness. It is just a mystery. We have to leave it at that.