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Luke 24:50-53 – The Ascension of Jesus

Summary

In the final scene of Luke's Gospel, the resurrected Jesus is taken up into heaven. His followers respond by worshiping him and returning to the Jerusalem temple to worship God.

Analysis

Luke is the only Gospel that includes a description of Jesus' ascension. The Acts of the Apostles begins by describing this same event, but its details are slightly different (see Acts 1:3-12). In Luke's Gospel, the ascension is the last of several events recounted in Luke 24 that all appear to occur on the same day. The other appearances of the resurrected Jesus described in this chapter leave his followers confused and excited, but at the ascension they finally offer the appropriate response of worship. In this concluding scene they acknowledge Jesus' glory, thereby confirming the story of Jesus as the story of God's own visitation.

Luke 24:50-53

The Ascension of Jesus

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.* 52And they worshipped him, and* returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.*

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