Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 12:05 am

Day 4: No Need for Sorrow

Luke 24:50-53

50When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Reflection: In Shakespeare’s play, Juliet tells Romeo that “Parting is such sweet sorrow”.  She has met the one she loves and does not want to part from him, even for a night.  In complete contrast, we read in Luke that when Jesus leaves the disciples, they WORSHIP, they have GREAT JOY, and they continually PRAISE God.  Unlike the earthly love story of Romeo and Juliet, the story of the disciples does not end with tragedy.

Responding to the Transmitted Message: When Jesus leaves and ascends to heaven, He gives us nothing less than His blessing.  He has promised and has in fact given us His Spirit and His power, which we can respond to today in worship, joy and praise.  Spend time thanking God for not leaving us in sorrow, but for giving us His presence and power through the Spirit.

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