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THE GOSPEL PROJECT - Jesus Asended to Heaven
It was a very interesting Sunday with the power going out 15 minutes into Bible Study. Seven our our classrooms have no windows - off course it was quite dark! The teachers were quite creative - teaching and projects went on - some classes just moved out to the walkway under the security lights.
After Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus showed His followers that He was alive. Jesus taught them about Himself and about God's kingdom. Jesus told them that He would soon return to the Father.
Jesus directed the Eleven to go to a mountain. When they arrived, Jesus appeared. Some of them worshiped Jesus, but some of them doubted. Some of then wondered if Jesus was going to overthrow the Roman government and set up His kingdom on earth. "Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?" they asked.
Jesus said to them, "It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth". Jesus also told them to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Father's promise - the Holy Spirit. Those who repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus' death and resurrection would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would give them power to live holy lives and take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
After Jesus told the disciples these things, Jesus was taken up into the sky - right in front of their eyes! Suddenly two men stood on the mountain next to the disciples. "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven?" They asked. They said Jesus would return the same way. Until Jesus returns, His followers need to work faithfully.
Jesus is alive in heaven, waiting to return for His people. Jesus told the disciples He was going to prepare a place for them, and when we die, we wil be with the Lord in heaven. In the meantime, Jesus has not left us alone. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us do God's work. One day Jesus will return to make all things new and to rule as Lord over all.
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