They huddled together as they watched the One they had followed, the One they had loved, ascend to Heaven and leave their presence. He had been there in so many ways, at so many times, since they first met Him. He had been there when Mary and Martha were heartbroken after their brother Lazarus had died. In the midst of their anguish Jesus said, “Lazarus, come forth!” and he did. He had been there when the woman had been caught in the act of adultery and was preparing to face execution at the hands of her accusers. Jesus silenced the crowd by reminding them of their own sin. After the crowd had dispersed, Jesus knelt down to the woman clothed in shame and humiliation and said, “Where are your accusers?” She shook her head and said, “There are none.” Jesus said, “Neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more.” He had been there when the crowd was hungry?so He fed them with five loaves of bread and two fish. He was there when the little kids had rushed Him with smiles and hugs only to be reprimanded by the disciples. Jesus said, “Leave them alone for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” He had been there for the broken. He had been a friend to the lonely. He had been the Great Physician to the sick. Jesus had always been there to bring in the outcast and to lift up those who were bowed down with their sin and shame.