50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Imagine being in Bethany at this time. Firstly, having Jesus appear to you after His death, and then seeing Him taken up to heaven. I’m sure I would wonder what was real and what was a dream!
It’s easy to sit on this side of history and have the whole picture before us & have complete understanding at what is happening. For them, I’m sure it was confusing regarding what was happening – let alone the ones who doubted that it was really Jesus they were seeing. They had been taught by Jesus, but did they really capture the essence of what He was teaching them?
I wonder how I will react when Jesus returns. Will I know what’s happening, will I be confused & doubt, will I be amazed at the Glory of God… I hope I’m like what verse 52 says, “They worshipped Him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.”
I want to never cease from worshipping & praising God – no matter what!
Written by Ps. Mandy Miller