Luke 24:52
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New International Version
Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

New Living Translation
So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.

English Standard Version
And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

Berean Study Bible
And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

Berean Literal Bible
And they having worshiped Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

New American Standard Bible
And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

King James Bible
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

International Standard Version
They worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.

NET Bible
So they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

New Heart English Bible
They worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they worshiped him and they returned to Jerusalem in great joy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples worshiped him and were overjoyed as they went back to Jerusalem.

New American Standard 1977
And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy

King James 2000 Bible
And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

American King James Version
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

American Standard Version
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they adoring went back into Jerusalem with great joy.

Darby Bible Translation
And they, having done him homage, returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

English Revised Version
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

Webster's Bible Translation
And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

Weymouth New Testament
They worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

World English Bible
They worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

Young's Literal Translation
and they, having bowed before him, did turn back to Jerusalem with great joy,
Study Bible
The Ascension
51While He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53praising God continually in the temple.…
Cross References
Luke 24:51
While He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven.

Luke 24:53
praising God continually in the temple.

Acts 1:12
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near the city, a Sabbath day's journey away.
Treasury of Scripture

And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

they.

Matthew 28:9,17 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, …

John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God.

with.

Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: you have put off …

John 14:28 You have heard how I said to you, I go away, and come again to you. …

John 16:7,22 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

(52) They worshipped him.--These words also are absent from most of the best MSS. If they stand as part of the text, we must remember that they describe the attitude of prostrate adoration.

With great joy.--Now, at last, the disciples found the fulfilment of their Lord's promise that "their sorrow should be turned into joy," and that joy--the joy of knowing that their Lord and their Friend was at the right hand of the Father--was one which no man could take from them (John 16:20; John 16:22).

Verse 52. - And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. This "great joy," on first thoughts, is singular till we read between the lines, and see how perfectly they now grasped the new mode of the Lord's connection with his own. They knew that henceforth, not for a little time as before the cross, not fitfully as since the Resurrection, but that for ever, though their eyes might not see him, would they feel his blessed presence near (see John 14:28; John 16:7). One question more connected with the Ascension presses for an answer. Much modern criticism regards this last scene simply as one of the ordinary disappearances of the forty days, and declines to admit any external, visible fact in which the Ascension was manifested. But St. Luke's description. both in his Gospel and in the Acts, is plainly too circumstantial to admit of any hypothesis which limits the Ascension to a purely spiritual elevation. At the end of his earthly ministry, the evening before the cress, Jesus asked back his glory: "Now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own sell, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was" (John 17:5). The Ascension and consequent session at the right hand was the answer to the prayer of Christ. It was necessary for the training of the first teachers of Christianity that the great fact should be represented in some outward and visible form. "The physical elevation," writes Dr. Westcott, "was a speaking parable, an eloquent symbol, but not the truth to which it pointed, or the reality which it foreshadowed, The change which Christ revealed by the Ascension was not a change of place, but a change of state; not local, but spiritual. Still, from the necessities of our human condition, the spiritual change was represented sacramentally, so to speak, in an outward form He passed beyond the sphere of man's sensible existence to the open presence of God" ('Tim Revelation of the Risen Lord'). The session at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19) cannot designate any particular place. The ascension, then, of Jesus is not the exchange of one locality, earth, merely for another we term heaven. It is a change of state; it is a passing from all confinement within the limits of space to omnipresence. And they worshipped him,.... Not with a civil worship, as he was sometimes worshipped by men, in the days of his flesh, who, though they took him for some extraordinary person, knew him not to be the Son of God; but with religious worship as God: for by his resurrection from the dead, Christ was declared to be the Son of God, and both by that, and by his going to his Father, his ascension to heaven, the disciples were more confirmed in his proper deity, and divine sonship; and therefore worshipped him as God; by calling upon his name, ascribing blessings and honour, and glory, to him; by making him the object of their reverence and fear; and by trusting in him; and by doing every religious act in his name, and which they ever after continued to do:

and returned to Jerusalem: as they were ordered, where they were to tarry and wait for the pouring down of the Spirit: and this they did

with great joy; for though their Lord was parted from them, and was gone to heaven, this did not cause sorrow, as did his death, but, on the contrary, joy, even great joy; partly because of the glory he was entered into, and possessed of; and partly on account of what he was gone to do for them; to appear in the presence of God for them, to make intercession for them, to take possession of heaven in their name, and to prepare a place for them, as well as to receive gifts for them; and now they return to Jerusalem with great cheerfulness, in full hope and expectation, yea, assurance of faith, that they should shortly receive the promise of the Father. 52. worshipped him—certainly in the strictest sense of adoration.

returned to Jerusalem—as instructed to do: but not till after gazing, as if entranced, up into the blue vault in which He had disappeared, they were gently checked by two shining ones, who assured them He would come again to them in the like manner as He had gone into heaven. (See on [1752]Ac 1:10, 11). This made them return, not with disappointment at His removal, but "with great joy."24:50-53 Christ ascended from Bethany, near the Mount of Olives. There was the garden in which his sufferings began; there he was in his agony. Those that would go to heaven, must ascend thither from the house of sufferings and sorrows. The disciples did not see him rise out of the grave; his resurrection could be proved by their seeing him alive afterwards: but they saw him ascend into heaven; they could not otherwise have a proof of his ascension. He lifted up his hands, and blessed them. He did not go away in displeasure, but in love, he left a blessing behind him. As he arose, so he ascended, by his own power. They worshipped him. This fresh display of Christ's glory drew from them fresh acknowledgments. They returned to Jerusalem with great joy. The glory of Christ is the joy of all true believers, even while they are here in this world. While waiting for God's promises, we must go forth to meet them with our praises. And nothing better prepares the mind for receiving the Holy Ghost. Fears are silenced, sorrows sweetened and allayed, and hopes kept up. And this is the ground of a Christian's boldness at the throne of grace; yea, the Father's throne is the throne of grace to us, because it is also the throne of our Mediator, Jesus Christ. Let us rely on his promises, and plead them. Let us attend his ordinances, praise and bless God for his mercies, set our affections on things above, and expect the Redeemer's return to complete our happiness. Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.
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