Luke 24:45-53 (NASB) Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 “You are witnesses of these things. 49 “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed 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 While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising God.
Jesus, in His last moments with the disciples, summed up the significance of His life on earth and their future purpose for living. These final words of Jesus are very significant…as is the response of the disciples.
Jesus first reminds them of His intentional role in fulfilling Biblical prophecy. He also reiterated how He met the demands of sin’s judgment by sacrificially offering Himself on the Cross and that He arose again on the third day.
Next He spells out the mission of His followers. They are to proclaim the need of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. This message is to be taken to “all the nations” and that it be delivered in the “name” of Jesus. They are to begin immediately where they were, Jerusalem, but to wait until the Holy Spirit would “clothe them with power from on high.” He next took them to Bethany, blessed them, and then ascended into heaven.
The disciple’s response was to worship Him (there was no doubt that He was God), return to Jerusalem with “great joy” (it affected their attitude and disposition) and then regularly meet in the temple to praise God together (they saw the importance of corporate worship).
These 8 verses illustrate the simplicity of life for a fisher of men. Jesus took care of our sin, we are to pass this message on to those who don’t know what He did and continue to praise and worship God with other believers. So, what are you waiting for?