Fresh Hope

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. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Luke 24:50-53

The Easter account would not be complete without the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. In Luke, there are only four verses to describe this supernatural event. Four little verses.

The Disciples were now on their own. He had promised them that a Comforter would come, the Holy Spirit, then He was wisked off into the sky.

While the death, burial, and resurrection speak about our new birth in Christ; the ascension speaks to our future. His Disciples went away with joy when he was taken up. I’m sure there was still a certain amount of confusion about what would happen next but they had joy. They had seen the resurrected Christ and now He was gone.

But notice, they weren’t concerned like they were when He had died. They may not have known what their next steps would be, but they knew that they would be guided every step of the way.

We, too, need to be reminded that while we do not know what even tomorrow holds, we can be confident that the Holy Spirit will guide us, just as He did the Disciples.

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