The Ascension of Jesus Christ

Jesus appeared to the dis­ci­ples for 40 days after His res­ur­rec­tion and then ascended to Heaven. Here are two accounts of the Ascen­sion of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew and from the Acts of the Apostles.

16 “Now the eleven dis­ci­ples went to Galilee, to the moun­tain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they wor­shiped him; but some doubted.” 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All author­ity in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go there­fore and make dis­ci­ples of all nations, bap­tiz­ing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach­ing them to obey every­thing that I have com­manded you. And remem­ber, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16–18

He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or peri­ods that the Father has set by his own author­ity. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my wit­nesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When he had said this, as they were watch­ing, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gaz­ing up toward heaven, sud­denly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand look­ing up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:7–18

10 “He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heav­ens, so that he might fill all things.) 11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apos­tles, some prophets, some evan­ge­lists, some pas­tors and teach­ers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of min­istry, for build­ing up the body of Christ.” Eph­esians 4:10–12

2 “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to pre­pare a place for you? 3 And if I go and pre­pare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.“
4 “And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:2–6

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