Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting His hands to heaven, He blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. And they spent all of their time in the temple, praising God. (Luke 24:50-53)
How awe struck they must have been to see Jesus ascend to heaven before their very eyes. They had observed him as he talked by the sea and on hillsides. They watched as he touched blind eyes and suddenly those eyes could see. They walked along roads with him, listened to his wisdom, stories of the Kingdom of God, and his instruction to them to continue his mission of sharing the Good News.
They experienced the agony and emotional tearing of their own hearts as he entered Jerusalem for the final time and watched him submit to the events leading to his death, but then the victory and wonder of his resurrection.
Now he was ascending, his physical form disappearing, as they strained their eyes for any possibility to catch a final glance of his form against the expanse of the sky until he was out of their sight.
Saddened by his departure, but their hearts overflowed with great joy and expectancy, as they worshiped the risen King.
I pray for my heart to be filled with the awe, wonder, and expectancy of those who beheld you as you ascended. I worship you this morning for you are one who has shown me mercy and given me hope. I worship you for I will see you someday in all your glory along will all those who have surrendered to your magnificent grace gift. May I display your genuine abiding joy to all in my path this day, for you are my God, my Savior, my Lord. Amen.
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.