Luke 24 (NKJV)
49 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.
OK – put yourself in this place for a few minutes. You have seen Jesus crucified and buried. You have seen Him raised from the dead. He has talked with you and you with Him for almost 6 weeks, off and on. Then as we read verse 50 and 51 first: you walk a short ways out-of-town, He gives you a special blessing AND is “carried” or “received”( in Marks gospel) into heaven.
I wonder what that really looked like. There are paintings in museums that show Jesus floating away and the disciples standing and watching. The picture on the left is an example of what I imagine when I read these texts. Don’t know the origin of this particular picture, but it is like many, many others.
If you Google “Jesus ascending into heaven” you will get over 90,000 hits! The scene is depicted on stained glass windows and church walls and even a few church ceilings. There are even coloring book pages and cartoons.
Point is – He left this world in bodily form and His Disciples observed it happening.
My point in this posting is verse 49:
“…but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
After all I’ve mentioned and probably a lot more that could be brought up in the discussion, the Disciples are told to just sit…
Entries from my on-line Dictionary describe the word “tarry” thus:
- to remain or stay, sojourn (2) to delay or be tardy in acting (3) linger or loiter (4) to wait.
But, but, but, Lord!
I gotta tell people about this.
I’m gonna bust if I don’t start telling everyone about all that has happened!
Jesus say’s “just wait”.
And, by Scriptural accounts they waited.
How often do we run ahead? How often do we do it on our own instead of waiting for His Power and His timing. It’s hard, but the payoff will be spectacular.
When He says, “wait” – then we must wait. Wait for His Power to work in and through us to accomplish the tasks that He asks us to do…
Wait on His Timing – And Power!