The Story of Jesus

Ascension

For forty days after Jesus rose from the dead, he often talked with his disciples about the kingdom of God. Each time they saw him they worshiped him. Still they did not understand that his kingdom would not be an earthly one.

Their farewell meeting was on the Mount of Olives.

Jesus said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

As they talked together, Jesus said, "John the Baptist baptized you with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days. You shall receive power from heaven when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You will witness boldly of me in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and in the farthest parts of the world. But do not go away from Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit is given you."

When he had said this, Jesus was lifted up into heaven. The disciples watched until he disappeared. As they stood looking upward, two angels clothed in white came to them. The angels said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This same Jesus who is taken up into heaven will come again in the same way as he went away."

The disciples returned to Jerusalem. In the upper room they met with other friends of Jesus to wait and pray until the Holy Spirit should be given them. No longer were they sad. Great joy filled their hearts. They knew that Jesus was really the Christ, the Savior, the Son of God.


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