Ascension joy – inwardly we must become very quite to hear the soft sound of the phrase at all. Joy lives in its quietness and incomprehensibility. This joy is in fact incomprehensible, for the comprehensible never makes for joy. It is the incomprehensible – and yet true, real, and living – that brings joy. Therefore proper joy itself is something incomprehensible, both for others and the one who feels it.
The thrust of the Christian message is not for us to become like one of those biblical figures, but to be like Christ himself. This comes , however not through some kind of method, but from faith alone. Otherwise the Gospel would lose its price, its value. Costly grace would become cheep. . . .