Luke 24: 50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
These verses are the end of the book of Luke but it was only the beginning. Think of the times that Jesus lifted his hands. He taught with his hands. The sick experienced the reaching out of his hands. The seas were calmed when he lifted up his hands. It may not mean much when I lift my hands, but it does when Jesus lifts his.
Jesus died on Calvary with hands outstretched. He could have pulled the nails loose anytime but he chose not to. It’s through our faith in a Savior with outstretched arms that we have victory. We can overcome in this life and go to heaven when we die. Those same hands that were stretched out on a cross reached up 40 days later. He blessed the people and started to ascend to heaven. There was no push from the people; it was God moving him upward. He didn’t reach down to them; he reached up.
Whatever we need, we need the blessings of Jesus Christ. Through his nail-scarred hands the disciples were blessed and by them we’ve been blessed and have made it this far. His hands are stretched out still and whatever you need has; he can give it to you. You can receive it. If you need revival, forgiveness, grace, power to face what you face—come to Jesus and his uplifted, nail-scarred hands.