He parted from them

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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