Acts 1:9-12The time of Jesus’ earthly ministry had come to a close.
He stood with His disciples on the Mount of Olives, just outside the city of Jerusalem.
It was from this mountain that He had descended, on the back of a donkey, into Jerusalem for His triumphal entry into that city.
It was at the foot of this mountain that He gathered with His men in a place called Gethsemane to pray the night He was arrested.
It was from this garden that He had been taken away, arrested, tried and crucified by the Jews and the Romans.
This was the time for “Good-byes”.
Jesus was getting ready to ascend back to Heaven from which He had come.
He was leaving His men behind.
This must be an exceedingly difficult moment for His disciples.
They were about to watch the One they had loved, served and worshiped go away.
They had been with Jesus through the good times and the bad times.
They had watched Him exercise the power of deity to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cause the lame to walk, the deaf to hear and the blind to see.
They had seen Him raise the dead, and walk on the water.
Now, they were about to watch Him go away.
Surely their hearts were breaking as they listened to His final words and waited for the moment they would be parted from Him.
It was parting time.
It was time to say good bye!