Saying Goodbye

Today is the last day for one of my co-workers.  She is leaving our company to work at another company.  We will all miss her very much.  We are all sad that she is leaving and saying goodbye to her later today will be hard.  On the flip side, we are happy for her because she is moving on to something better.

It is never easy saying goodbye to people you have become fond of or used to having around.  It must have been very hard for the disciples when they had to say goodbye to Jesus.  The last time they saw Him was just before He ascended into Heaven.  They met Him on the mountain where He gave them the great commission to go “therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20).

Luke picks up where Matthew left off.  In Acts 1:4-11,  Luke describes what happens next.  Jesus promises the disciples the Holy Spirit.  He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

After Jesus finished instructing them, He was taken up into Heaven.  They stood there watching Him go.  Luke said they “looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up.”   I can just imagine the sorrow on their faces as they faced the prospect of not having their Teacher physically with them anymore.  As they lingered there, watching the sky, two angels appeared saying, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”  In other words, don’t be sad.  Jesus is coming again.

These words cheered them up and they came down the mountain.  Luke wrote that they they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God (Luke 24:52, 53).

My co-worker is leaving us today but we will see her again.  Before Jesus  left this earth He promised that He would return.  We look forward to the day when we will see Him.


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