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BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT




" And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands,
and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was
parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. LUKE xxiv. 50-52.
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT




" And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands,
and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was
parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. LUKE xxiv. 50-52.

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THE ASCENSION.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT" And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands,and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he wasparted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshippedhim, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. LUKE xxiv. 50-52.THE Gospel according to Luke and the Acts of theApostles are the two books of one continuous history,by the same author. The first book contains the personal, ministry of our Lord ; and the second gives sketchesof the great mission work conducted by the apostles, under the ministry of the Spirit, after their Head had withdrawn from their view. The ascension of the Lord Jesus is the point of contact between the two books; and,The Ascension. 29as is natural in such cases, they overlap each other alittle there. From the end of the Gospel we gathersome features of the ascension which are not repeatedin the Acts. There we learn in succession how the ascending Lord regarded his disciples, and how the disciples regarded the ascending Lord.I. How the Lord regarded his disciples when he wasin the act of leaving them.Look unto Jesus at the moment of his departure. If we acquaint ourselves with him as he goes away, weshall be prepared to welcome him when he returns.As he has gone, so will he come again; with this difference, that at his second coming every eye shall see
 
him.1. The place: " He led them out as far as to Bethany." It was the village on the further side of Olivet,where Lazarus and his sisters dwelt. The heart of theman Christ Jesus was not indifferent to the associationsconnected with the spot. There he had often restedwhen he was weary. There he had proclaimed andproved himself the Resurrection and the Life. Perhapsit was at Bethany that the eleven could best bear tolet him go out of their sight. " He that believeth onme, though he were dead, yet shall he live." There human love clothed itself with omnipotence, and recalled abrother from the grave. If the disciples, in their weak ness, could anywhere endure to look the last time inthis world on their Lord, it was on the spot where theirfriend Lazarus was loosed and let go. Places havepower on human hearts. He who knows our frameacknowledges this principle, and uses it. Some spotsof this dull Earth are consecrated by bright, blessedmemories, which, when occasionally revived, refresh aweary soul. Do not be superstitiously subject to places ;but, on the other hand, beware of despising them; forthough they cannot save, they may serve. "All thingsare yours."2. The parting act: "He lifted up his hands, andblessed them." Those hands were never lifted up tosmite; those lips blessed, and cursed not. Let thosewho bear his name strive to follow his steps. Let ourhands, our lips, be like his. Jesus is the revelation of God is God revealed. Not by his words only, but3<D The Church in tJie House.also by his life, he showed us the Father. Off thatblessed life we may read while we run the legend," God is love."
 
Bear in mind that Christ is God s visit to the world.From first to last that visit was love. His appearingwas gentle as a summer s dawn. He was born a babe,wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.Such was the step by which a holy God approachedour world when it rebelled against him. Angels sangthe advent as peace on earth and good-will to men.The key-note struck at his birth was maintainedthroughout his history; and you catch its cadence inhis dying agony, when he prayed, " Father, forgivethem." In the moment of his ascension you recognize still the Lamb of God: " He lifted up his hands,and blessed them."In the last glimpse we get of Jesus, as he leavesthe world, he appears lifting up his hands to bless.He disappears in the act of giving; Mary, on the contrary, disappears from our view in the act of receiving.He, at his departure, as becomes the Saviour of sinners, gives to the needy out of his own fulness; she ather departure, as becomes a sinner saved, is openingher mouth wide, that she may receive from her Redeemer s grace. He lifts up his hands to bless; shebends her knees to pray (Acts i. 14). Even so; forthere is but one Mediator between God and man.3. His departure. He went to heaven as he cameto earth for his people s good. " It is expedient foryou that I go away." We need an advocate with theFather; and we have one, Jesus Christ the righteous.We need an anchor of the soul while we are exposedon the stormy sea; and we have one, for our Forerunner has, on our account, gone before us within the veil.But though lie went out of their sight, he did notgo far from them. He has left the promise, " Lo, I am ,with you alway." Leaning on his arm, they look forhis appearing.

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