When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. – Luke 24:50,51
It must be hard for a father to leave his wife and children to go on a business trip. It can be hard enough to be apart for a weekend how much more difficult to be gone longer. Thankfully today there are ways to keep in touch. For a father who can’t be home physically he can still send his love. He may have free night minutes on his cell phone to talk to his wife. He may have an Internet connection and a web camera so he can read a bedtime story to his kids. He can even send gifts or letters overnight in the mail.
Jesus had a very close relationship with his disciples. It must have been very hard for them to see him go. If only he could stay a little longer and remain with them physically.
But Jesus had to go. He had finished his work on earth and it was time to return to heaven. When Jesus left, however, he made sure to keep in touch with his disciples. Soon after Jesus’ ascent into heaven he sent the Holy Spirit to empower the disciples to be witnesses throughout the world.
What great blessings are ours because of our ascended Jesus! He is in heaven preparing a place for us, interceding before the throne of God, and ruling over creation. What is more, he has promised to be with us always to the very end of the age. The more we open our eyes to his acts of love around us the more we see our blessings from above.
Jesus is still with his people even today. Although he is not here physically, we can always find Jesus in his Word. We don’t even need a cell phone or web camera. All we need is right in our hands whenever we pick up to read the precious message of the Bible.
Jesus makes a point to keep in touch with us who are left to wait for his second coming. Although he can’t be here with us physically he never stops to send us his love. In joy we respond with faith, hope, and love. We could not ask for more than the blessings from above that Jesus gives us daily through his Word.
Jesus, Thy Church with longing eyes
For Thine expected coming waits.
When will the promised light arise
And glory beam from Zion’s gates?
Teach us in watchfulness and prayer
To wait for the appointed hour
And fit us by Thy grace to share
The triumphs of Thy conquering power. – TLH 64