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Acts 1- The Ascension of Christ

Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. Acts 1:2-4

The Book of Acts begins with the Ascension of Christ, this shows you the importance of the Ascension and how it was a beginning for the Church. As written, Jesus appeared to the disciples for 40 days after the Resurrection, this was clearly documented in the gospels and by the apostles. Jesus commanded the disciples not to leave Jerusalem, so they may receive the Holy Spirit

The Ascension was necessary for Christ to send the Holy Spirit (John 16) this is one of the reasons the Ascension is an important event for the Church. Jesus exalted at the right hand of God the Father, pouring down the Holy Spirit, creating his body (The Church) to continue Gods work here on Earth (Ephesians 1)

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:5-8

The baptism of the Holy Spirit, as taught by Christ himself (John 3) The day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured down upon the Church, this was made possible because the Ascension was completed. You might wonder why? As the scripture said “Its not for us to know the times or season” What we do know is Jesus said” He must ascend into Heaven in order for the Holy Spirit to be sent” (John 16)

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:9-11

The disciples watched as The Lord was taken up into Heaven, two angels told them “In the same way, Jesus will return” The Ascension also is the kickoff for the return of Christ! As soon as Jesus ascended the clock is now ticking, The Church has eagerly waited for The Lords return, which will come as a thief in the night

Are you ready Church? Jesus will return in the same manner as the Ascension, Christ will come at a day or hour when you least expect him, get ready the King is coming Amen!

Mark 16- The Ascension of Christ

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Mark 16:19

As Christians we often celebrate the different events of Christ’s life, such as the Incarnation at Christmas, His death on the cross on Good Friday, and of course the Resurrection of Christ on Easter. The Ascension of Christ is one of those important events that is often overlooked by the Church today

The early Church felt it was a central doctrine as it was in the early Creeds (Apostles and Nicene) however how many Churches today are celebrating and teaching about the Ascension today? Christ being Ascended into Heaven is an essential doctrine because it was a sign and accomplished several things

First we notice in verse 19, Jesus The Lord is sitting at the right hand of God the Father. The right hand of God is the highest place of exaltation, there is no other position higher that anyone could obtain, and there is nobody else who could ever obtain this position except Jesus the Christ

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen Mark 16:20

As we notice in the next scripture, when Christ was ascended, then his disciples went forth and preached the gospel everywhere! The responsibility of teaching went from Jesus to his disciples, we are responsible as Christians to preach the gospel to everyone and everywhere as stated in the Great Commision!

Jesus is the Head of the Church and we are the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1) The Ascension completes the exaltation of Christ! Also because Christ has ascended , he sent the promise of The Holy Spirit (Acts 1, Luke 24, John 16) The Holy Spirit has equipped the Church to be Christ Body and fulfill his work here on Earth

Because of the Ascension of Christ , we know that Jesus is sitting on the throne at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, Jesus is in complete control as King of Kings and Lord of Lords Amen