Up, up and away
Jesus is lifted up, both on the cross (John 12:32-33) and in his ascension (Luke 24:50-53).
He lifts us up in and to himself (Ps. 68:18, John 12:32-33, Eph. 2:6). We are the joyful entourage of the conquering king (Ps. 24).
Thus approaching his throne, we further exalt and lift him up (Ps. 22:3, 99).