And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
This is a precious truth to my heart. The last act of Jesus on this earth was lift His nail-scarred hands to heaven and to bless His people.
The word “blessed” means “to speak well” (Strongs. 2127). The Lord Jesus lifted up His hands that had been nailed to the cross in the place of His people and to speak well of them. The same mouth that cried in agony on the cross now spoke blessing over His purchased people. He spoke well of them, because united to Him by faith they were well and complete. United to Him they truly had everything.
This was the last act of Jesus before His return Home. While He blessed them, He was carried away to heaven. He is there now, and He still blesses His people (Ephesians 1:3; Colossians 3:1). We have been raised up with Him in our position (Ephesians 2:4-7; Colossians 3:1-4). We await His coming from there for us (Philippians 3:20; Titus 2:13).
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