And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.…
In this quiet and unostentatious manner did our Saviour take His departure from this world. His exit was as noiseless — as little attended with pomp — as His entrance. He has finished the redemption of a world — He has vanquished the powers of hell — He has triumphed over death and the grave.
1. From His ascension, therefore, we may learn that heaven has been opened for us. He became our brother. He stood as our representative. There is not only comfort for us in the assurance of admission, but in the thought, that when admitted we shall find One so closely related to us occupying such an exalted place.
2. Our Saviour's ascension in the nature He wore while on earth may teach us that, though He be so highly exalted, He has sympathy with us still; though far removed from us as regards His bodily presence, the brotherly tie which united us has not been severed.
3. The presence in heaven — the exaltation to the throne of universal dominion of One so closely related to us, and having such sympathy with us, should give confidence to our prayers, leading us to desire and expect great blessings at His hands.
4. Finally. Let us be thankful for the privilege we enjoy in the exaltation of One who bears our nature.
Parallel VersesKJV: And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.