Reading: 13 Then he led them (out) as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. (Luke 24:50)
Observation: Many scripture scholars would probably advise that you don’t use this verse as a teaching tool, because of the disparity that exists between this account of the ascension vs the account in Luke’s other book, the Acts of the Apostles. Me, on the other hand, I think that this is a great opportunity to point out that the Word of God is the Word of God without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, but it was written by men. I do believe it was divinely inspired by God, of course, but it was still written by men. So as we are flawed in the flesh, so were they. All this to say that regardless of the inconsistencies that you will undoubtedly find in the scripture, the truth is…that Jesus came down from heaven, died for our sins, was raised from the dead and ascended back up into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father and he will come again. Today, I find it important in this verse to point out that when facing the awesome reality that his body is going to be raised to the Father shortly, he takes the time to bless his followers before he goes.
Personification: Humility (Gentleness) – An inner strength that permits us to be aware of our own abilities without having to make a show of them. Jesus raises his hands and it would have made sense for us to see him continue praising God and with hands raised as he ascends to heaven. However, he takes the opportunity to bless his followers before he goes. Regardless of how we are rewarded for following the will of God like Jesus was, I would hope that I, for one, would recognize the awesome opportunity to raise up my brothers and sisters in Christ with a blessing the way that Jesus did in such an incredible way before his ascension.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay humble in your midst at all times. I know that I am a worthless sinner even with your grace and I hope that you will always stay by my side. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.