Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God. Luke 24:50-53
Today’s verses would normally be the end of our study of Luke but as you know I skipped to the end during the Easter season to take another look at the passion of Jesus. Jesus has been forty days on earth after His resurrection and has been teaching the disciples and from what Paul wrote also teaching a crowd of 500.
It is time for Jesus to return to heaven so He leads the disciples to the town of Bethany where He stayed during the week before He crucifixion. Jesus gives them a final blessing and looking up Jesus is taken up to heaven.
Now this would normally be the end of the story but in fact the story is just beginning. In Luke’s next letter, the Book of Acts, he records the beginning of the Christian church. There we see the amazing transformation of Peter form someone hiding from the Jewish authorities to a man boldly proclaiming the risen Christ and the Good news.
Before I look at Acts I would like to go back to Luke chapter 15 and cover some of the teachings of Jesus Luke recorded.
Have a blessed day,