Posted by: peebles | November 30, 2012

Luke 24: 50 (NIV) ~When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.

This verse of Scripture caught my attention today, and I was captivated by the sheer magnitude of this verse tucked within the last three verses of the book of Luke. Jesus spent time with His disciples, He taught them, He fed them and he prayed with them; however this is the only recorded mention in the Bible of Jesus blessing them.

The Greek word for blessed is eulogeo meaning to impart benefits to the one being blessed, to extol and to ask God to watch over someone and protect them. In the Old Testament, and to be more precise, in the book of Number there is this heading entitled, “The Priestly blessing” found in Numbers 6:22 to 26 (NIV) The Lord said to Moses,  “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

Moreover, I have even heard the term used, “God bless you,” when someone is speaking to someone else. It is used in a way to speak the blessings of God over someone’s life, as if the speaker is calling upon God to bless them with all the benefits which heaven can muster, to ask God’s protection over their life and the abundance of His bounty. They are, in effect, speaking words of power, protection, prosperity and peace over your life.

Jesus lifts up his hands towards heaven itself to ask for the blessing to come down upon those who were standing there. When you lift up holy hands in prayer, the blessing comes down from above. Notice, if you will, the response of the disciples after Jesus had blessed them, the Bible says in Luke 24:51 to 52 (NIV), “While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.” The blessing of the Lord will cause you to worship Him with great joy.

My friend, may God bless you today afresh with every benefit which is yours through Christ Jesus your Lord and Savior. May God bless you with His power, protection, prosperity and peace. May God make His face shine upon and be gracious to you, may He watch over you and may you be strengthened in Him and enjoy the abundance of His bounty in your life. May you be filled, this day, with His life, liberty and joy in the Holy Spirit.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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