Outward and Upward
Now we close by noting the last thing in Luke 24:50-52
"And He led them out until they were over against Bethany: and He lifted up His hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy."
Three words: "led out," "blessed," "carried up": out with the Lord, in His place apart; under His blessing; and linked with Him in heaven - to use Paul's words, "made ... to sit together with Him in the heavenlies."
That is Bethany, that is the Church, that is what the Lord wants to have in the life of His people today.
Go back over Bethany again and just allow your heart to exercise itself on these things, and seek very definitely that the Lord shall have in you just these features which are according to His own mind. And what we do individually, let us seek to do in those fellowships, those assemblies, with which we are connected, that they shall be true Bethanies, the village expression of the great city of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem.