The Ascension of Jesus is when He returned to be with His Father. Jesus is not sitting at the right had of the LORD God. The last thing Jesus told His disciples: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:50-51
The Bible teaches us 40 days after His Resurrection, Jesus physically ascended which means was lifted off the ground and began floating upward into heaven. There Jesus to return to the glory of His Father and sit down at his right hand.
On Easter the tomb was found empty.
During the 40 days after Jesus’ Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples from time to time.
Can you imagine what it would have been like to see Jesus after you thought He was dead? Would you be delighted? Would you have been afraid?
There was one disciple who did not see Jesus with the other disciples. His name was Thomas, called Didymus. When they told Thomas they had seen the Lord. Thomas said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. He is the disciple known as Doubting Thomas.
“ Eight days later Jesus again appeared to the disciples, and Thomas was with them. Jesus told Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hand; and reach hither they hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:27-29).
He spoke to them about the kingdom of God. He did many signs and wonders that are not written in the Bible. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. ” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Once Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the gift he would send them. That gift would be the Holy Spirit. He would live in them and guide then. He would be a Comforter to them. Jesus wanted His disciples to tell everyone on earth that He had died for them. Jesus told His disciples to teach and to baptize those who believed.
After Jesus said all this, He was taken up to heaven right in front of the eyes of the disciples. A cloud hid Him from their sight and two angels, who looked like men dressed in white, came and stood beside them.
“And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51).
The angels said, “Why are you looking up in the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up into heaven will come back some day in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
What Can This Story Teach Us?
The last thing Jesus told His disciples before going back to His Father God was to teach others. How are we going to do that? You can teach them songs about Jesus. They can see you behaving in a Christ-like manner. You can tell your friends about Jesus. You can allow Jesus to have center stage in your life. The Lord will show you other ways you can serve Him.
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