Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.
Reflection. Luke concludes his Gospel Jesus blessing his disciples, withdrawing from them and then ascending into heaven. The response of the disciples was worship, joy and blessing God.
I wonder why the joy and rejoicing? Jesus has left them on the hillside, and yet they are covered in joy. Maybe they remembered some of Jesus's teaching - the promise of the Holy Spirit, perhaps. Maybe, it was despite physical absence, that Jesus would be with them until the end of the age. Maybe they finally understood the 'I must return to the Father' stuff. Maybe it was the simple, absolute realisation, as Jesus had died and had risen, that the earth could not contain him (to paraphrase a carol).
Anyway, they worshipped Jesus and were filled with joy. This begs other questions: What is it about Jesus that brings us joy? What causes us to break into spontaneous worship?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, may I find cause this day for an outbreak of both joyfullness and worship. Amen.