And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.…
I. THE LORD WAS TAKEN UP INTO HEAVEN.
1. Fact of the ascension: stated here (Luke 24.; Acts 1.)
2. Also implied — e.g., John 6:62; John 20:17.
3. And in Acts and Epistles asserted — e.g., Ephesians 4:10; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 3:22. Also in the Acts and Epistles, implied passim (the Saviour being ever referred to as living, invisible, glorified, and to come again from heaven). See, e.g., Acts 7:55, 56; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16. 4.
(1) An absolute miracle.
(2) And also a consoling and teaching truth, in what it says of the reality of heaven and as aiding us in grasping that reality (Colossians 3:1). Heaven is where He is.
II. HE SAT ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
1. The metaphor (from an Oriental throne, a seat admitting more than one occupant) implies the share of the incarnate Lord in the supreme glory — more than mere nearness to it.
2. See in support of this, Revelation 22:1, etc. ("throne of God and of the Lamb"); and especially John 17:5 (where N.B. that "with Thine own self" is παρὰ σεαυτῷ, "by Thine own side"; and so at the end of the verse, τῇ ἱόξῃ εἰχον πρὸ τοῦ κόσμον εἶναι παρά σοι).
3. Reflect — "the Son of Man (Acts 7:55) is at the right hand of God." Not only is Christ there as God the Son (John 1:1, etc.), but as man — as Jesus (Acts 1:11; Hebrews 4:14). What a pledge for His brethren (John 17:24, etc.).
III. AFTER THAT HE HAD SPOKEN TO THEM.
1. Merciful prelude. The clear, spoken revelation given before the mysterious removal. We see Him not (1 Peter 1:8), but He has spoken —
(1) In human speech.
(2) In visible life.
(3) In atoning death (see Hebrews 12:24).
2. Application of this and the whole ascension truth (John 17:13). He has spoken. He is there.
(H. C. G. Moule, M. A.)
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