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Notes on Luke 24:50-53

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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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