Results of Seeing God

And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.  Amen.

Luke 24:50-53

After seeing the risen Lord Jesus and talking and fellowshipping with Him, the disciples went with Him “as far as to Bethany,” where He ascended into Heaven.  After being with Him, seeing and hearing Him, and walking with Him, they were on top of the mountain, so to speak.

After He left them, going back to Heaven, they “returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.”  After they had been with the Lord, they worshipped Him.  They went lived “with great joy.”  That is what being close to the Lord will do for us: it will cause us to worship Him and will bring us great joy.

After they got back to Jerusalem, they “were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.”  They went to church and praised and blessed God.  Again, when we have been with the Lord, we will want to be in church and we will want to be praising and blessing Him.

There are certain things that we will want to do when we have been with the Lord.  When we have walked closely with the Lord, we are going to act a certain way.  We are going to have the same reaction as these disciples.  We can tell if we have been close to Jesus by the way we act.  Are we worshipping Him?  Is our life characterized by joy?  Are we in church?  Are we praising and blessing God?  If we are, then we can know that we have been walking with the Lord.

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