And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.…
I. CONSIDER THE ASCENSION AS THE CROWNING FACT OF CHRIST'S LIFE. It was the consummation of all His glorious work for man, and henceforth man through Him becomes a conqueror too. "He led captivity captive, He received gifts for men." And with the baptism of these we are conquerors, in our temptations over the devil, in our gardens of agony over sorrow, and in the end over death and the grave, when we shall ascend to be with Him in glory.
II. CONSIDER HIS ASCENSION AS HIS ENTHRONEMENT AS KING OVER ALL. Unseen but ever present. Ruling from His throne in heaven over all the affairs of the world till His enemies become His footstool.
III. CONSIDER HIS ASCENSION IN RELATION TO HIS COMING AGAIN (Acts 1:11).
Parallel VersesKJV: And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.