Luke 24:50 – 52 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.
Can you imagine what it must have been like on the mountain that day? Glorious. Frightening. Awesome and scary.
But the thing that strikes me most is the blessing. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Jesus’ last thoughts, His last words on this earth were words of blessing to His followers.
According to my dictionary, a blessing is help from God. That blessing, we know, was the Holy Spirit. He is our helper, our comforter, our friend. The Holy Spirit is present with every single believer. Every single one – not just the super spiritual ones.
Friends, when Jesus blessed his disciples that day, He was blessing you. He was blessing me. He left a part of Himself behind – a wonderful part of Himself that could actually be present with all believers at once, Who wasn’t limited by a physical body.
Isn’t that great news? We are not alone! The One Who created us and knows us more intimately than anyone – He loves me! He will never leave me, He will never reject me or betray me. Though I may turn my back on Him, His love is tough, and He will stick around. And the moment we call out to Him, He is right there.
He helps me. He helps me find my keys and study for tests and deal with difficult people. He helps me grieve the loss of a loved one. He helps me through the most challenging moments of my life. He sees every tear, hears every sigh, feels every beat of my heart. And He helps me.
I am blessed.
Oh what a beautiful thought. He will NEVER leave me. He is nearer to me than my own heart beat. Thank you, Jesus!
Hi Jean. As I was writing this, I was struck by the thought that though I may feel lonely, I am never alone. What a comfort.