Have you ever witnessed people having strange reactions in situations where you expected a very different behavior? Normally, people cry when they lose a loved one. But not the disciples:
So they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
Luke 24:52 NET
Jesus had just risen into the heavens, leaving the disciples on earth. But they felt great joy because Jesus had risen from the dead.
They lost him on earth, which normally would have been a reason for sadness, but the reality of his resurrection and the commandment which he’d given them—to wait in Jerusalem until receiving power from above—meant that he was alive, making plans and guaranteeing the future.
No sad event is able to steal the joy of the life of Christ and life in Christ.
Father, no matter what happens today, I feel joy because Jesus is alive and I’m alive with him. Amen.