We Will Never Be Without Him: Reflections on Jesus' Ascension

Luke reminds me of Ava in the way he portrays Jesus' departure. He has shown us the joy that came when the disciples recognized Jesus (24:41). He has shown us Jesus' assurance to his friends that, though he is leaving, they will never be without him. Why would they not want to savor this moment, while tasting the salt of their tears? What is there to keep joy from overcoming their sorrow? What is to keep them from returning to Jerusalem with great joy and praising God in the temple?

Sources Consulted
Paul Wesley Chilcote, She Offered Them Christ, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993

Alyce M. McKenzie, The Parables for Today, Westminster John Knox Press, 2007

I. Howard Marshall, New International Greek Testament Commentary on Luke (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1978)

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    Alyce M. McKenzie is the George W. and Nell Ayers Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.