Imagine the comfort of Immanuel after the resurrection! For three days they thought all their hope had ended in a borrowed grave. “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have” (Luke 24:39) changed everything! Did this precious presence of God end when “he was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9)? An absolute “NO”!
Remember the promise of Jesus just before He ascended into heaven; “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20; see also Mark 16:20; John 14:23). Throughout John 14 to 17, there are many references that indicate Jesus’ abiding presence and how that would continue through the Holy Spirit.
What difference will this make in your approach to life, ministry and missions? We minimized His power and presence because we may think of God’s presence only in heaven. He is here and He is working with His people who acknowledge the need of His presence.