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Notes on Luke 24:50-53

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Jesus' Ascension - Luke 24:50-53

Luke ended his Gospel similarly to its beginning. In the opening chapter he wrote about a priest serving in the temple, waiting for the consolation of Israel that would come in the Christ. At the end, Luke recounted the fulfillment of Israel's consolation and the salvation of the world through Jesus Christ as the witnesses of these things gather together in the temple. At the beginning, readers see the faithful in awe of God's work after hundreds of years of silence. At the end of Luke's gospel, readers see the people of God in temple, rejoicing and giving thanks at the finished work of the Savior, ready to take the gospel to Israel and the nations under Jesus' lordship.

Luke 24:50-51

See BC 46.

Luke 24:50

blessed. Christ lifted his hands to bless his people, much like priests would lift up their hands to bless the people of Israel (Num. 6:22-27).

Luke 24:51

blessing. As he blessed them, Christ ascended into heaven. Scripture teaches us that he continues to bless his people until his return (see John 14:1-3; 16:7; Eph. 1:3; 4:8-13; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24). heaven. As he promised, Jesus went to reign at the Father's right hand (22:67-71; 1 Tim. 3:16). He now rules over all things with all authority (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:20-22).

Luke 24:52

worshiped. We should worship God alone (4:7-8; 1 Kgs. 18:39). Thus, this is an affirmation of Jesus' deity (see note on 11:2). joy. The disciples exhibited joy as they obeyed the instruction of the risen Christ by returning to Jerusalem (vv. 47-49). Joyful obedience to Jesus should mark every believer in every age (see Ps. 32:11; 1 Thess. 1:6-7).

Luke 24:53

temple. The disciples gathered in Solomon's Portico along the outer court of the Gentiles on the Eastern side of the temple for worship and prayer (see note on 2:27; Acts 2:46). blessing God. That is, they were offering prayers of praise and thanksgiving for all that they themselves had been blessed with.

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