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The Ascension of Jesus

After the resurrection of Jesus, he showed himself to the Apostles in many ways, to prove that he was still alive. This he did for a period of forty days and as he did so, he spoke to them about the kingdom of God.

Jesus Christ charged the Apostles not to leave Jerusalem until they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also told them that though John the Baptist baptized with water, they shall, in the not too distant future, baptize with the Holy Spirit.

After that, when they had come together, they asked Jesus whether he was going to restore the kingdom of Israel? Jesus replied that the time and the season, which the father had appointed, was not theirs to know, but rather that when the time comes, they shall receive power when the Holy Spirit falls on them and they shall witness to the people in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and every part of the world.

After Jesus had said this, they were just there looking on when the spirit of God lifted Jesus up into the clouds until they could not see him anymore. They were there looking into the clouds and then they realized that two men dressed in white dresses stood by their side and asked why they were still looking up into the clouds. Then the two men said, the same man they had seen going into the heavens, they would, very soon, see come back to earth the same way.

After all these had happened, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem from Mount Olivet, which was about a Sabbath day’s journey. They went into the Upper room where they stayed.

1. Give an account of the ascension of Jesus into heaven.

2. How did Jesus depart from among his disciples?

3. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Describe the circumstances leading to this statement.

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