“And He led them out as far as Bethany and He lifted up His hands and blessed them” (Luke 24:50).

God was and is very loving and caring in blessing His children. The last thing He did before crossing over the earth was to ‘bless.’ “He lifted up His hands and blessed them.”

You all should remain blessed in His desire. When He was blessing, He was shrouded by the clouds, He was taken away to heaven.

Once, a devotee described this incident this way. “After Resurrection, Jesus wanted to stay with the disciples and so He stayed in the earth for forty more days. His wish was to keep blessing the disciples.

If the cloud had not appeared and taken Him, He would not have liked to go to heaven and might have stood there hours together, blessing them. But the heaven liked His presence very much and so had sent the cloud for bringing Him.”

The Scripture says, “Blessing Israel is the will and wish of the Lord”. He came to create life in us and to make it perfect. It is His wish that you should receive the blessings of His Salvation, His anointment, His power and His mercies.

In the Old Testament, when God commenced the ministry of priests, He proclaimed an important command to the priests. The order was that they should bless the people of God. It is not enough if they carry the Ark of the covenant and it is also not enough if they render service in the tabernacle but what is more important is that they should bless the children of Israel.

Look at Isaac! When the time of death was nearing, he blessed his children. At the time of death, Jacob blessed all his twelve children. In his final days, Moses blessed Israelites tribe after tribe. All the saints blessed their dear ones at their time of death.

But the blessing of Jesus is a special one. The reason is not only that He blessed even at the time of being taken to the heaven but He blesses with His presence saying, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mathew 28:20).

Jesus blesses you and walks along with you. He has compassion over you. He embraces you, eliminating sickness. Who else is there to love you as He does?

To meditate: “And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:16).