Scripture selection: Luke 24:50-53

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

So we come to the end of the Gospel of Luke.

The risen Christ, having given final instructions to his disciples, with a final blessing, is miraculously and dramatically taken up into heaven.  They are left to their joyful worship and to the carrying on of the ministry which he entrusted to them.

In a way, it seems the end of the story.

But in fact it was just the beginning.

Christ’s followers today have the same opportunity and calling: to worship with great joy and carry on the ministry until one day the kingdom of God comes in all its fullness and glory.

As I write these words we are in the midst of the Lenten season – a time of great spiritual preparation for the wonderful celebration of the Easter season.

It’s a good time – perhaps the best time – to reflect on what God has called us to do, through the ministry of Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.

It is time to look heavenward once again, in awe.

Then we have a job to do – in Christ’s name.  We are to , worship, praise, teach, heal, confront and defeat evil, love as we have been loved, baptize and bring others into the kingdom life – the abundant life – that God graciously offers through Christ.

To God be the glory.

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