“In all your way let your eye be to Jesus who is gone to heaven as your Forerunner.
Look to Him; behold His glory there in heaven to stir you up the more earnestly to be there.
Look to Him, and observe His example. Consider how by patient continuance in well-doing, and in patient enduring of great sufferings, He went before to heaven.
Look to Him, and trust in His mediation, in His blood, with which He has entered into the holiest of all, as the price of heaven.
Trust to His intercession in heaven before God.
Trust to His strength by His Spirit sent from heaven to enable you to press on and surmount the difficulties which are in the way to heaven.
Trust in His promises of heaven to those who love and follow Him, whom He has confirmed by entering into heaven Himself as your Head and Representative and Forerunner.”
–Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits, in Ethical Writings, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 8, Ed. Paul Ramsey (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1749/1989), 395.