He withdrew from them


Metaphor or historic reality,
it’s up to you. The ascension
serves its purpose.
Luke locates it at Bethany;
close to Jerusalem,
but away from the prying eyes
of the big city; it’s almost a secret.
He ties it to the promise of the spirit;
the Pentecost event,
also much celebrated.
Thus Jesus gives his friends their final instructions
and withdraws.
They are now on their own.
Except for the spirit thing,
and the knowledge that they have each other.
They are to speak of the things he did and said
and to be witnesses to love;
its sacrifices and its generosity.
Now we will see
how well they listened and watched,
how deeply they loved him,
and how truly they worship.

© Ken Rookes 2015


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