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Summary: Many Christians seem to ignore the Ascension, and even seem embarrassed to talk about Jesus physically going up into the clouds, but it is a historical fact. Jesus had done everything His Father required of Him, and He is now by His side working for us.

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Acts 1:6-11

Eph 1:18-23

The Ascension 29 MAY 2014

The New Testament records how Jesus died on what we now call Good Friday

and how He rose from the dead on what we now call Easter Sunday.

I prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday,

1. because the word Easter is not in the Bible, and

2. because the word Easter is derived from the name of the pagan god Ishtar.

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Then the New Testament records how the risen Jesus spent 40 days

teaching His disciples, the apostles, on how to spread His teachings,

and build His church;

and then He physically ascended into heaven,

where He is now, seated at the right hand of the Father,

and from whence He shall return,

at some time in the future.

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40 days is 5 weeks and 5 days

so the Ascension is always celebrated on the 6th Thursday after Resurrection,

i.e. Easter, Sunday.

Next Thursday will see many Christians

gather for a special service to celebrate the Ascension,

to thank God for Jesus' incarnation, teaching, death and resurrection

and prepare themselves for His 2nd Advent

by repenting of their sin

and asking God to keep them strong in faith

whatever the world, the flesh and the devil throws against them.

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The Ascension meant a lot to Jesus;

it meant He had completed His mission on earth,

His period of humiliation,

and could return to His Father

and His state of exaltation,,

and that He could send the Holy Spirit on the first believers,

to equip them to spread the Gospel from Jerusalem, through Judea

and to the ends of the earth.

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What does the Ascension mean to us?

I t hink it is sad that many Christians give little heed to it

compared to Christmas or Easter or even Pentecost/Whit Sunday.

Even worse, many otherwise faithful and believing Christians

seem embarassed to talk to unbelievers about Jesus

rising up and disappearing into the sky.

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It does take faith to believe that,

and share it with people outside the church,

who might be prepared to believe in some sort of God,

but Jesus physically rising up into the sky ….......................!!!!!!!!!!

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But if we believe the Bible;

if we believe in the virgin birth and Incarnation,

and if we believe in miracles and healings,

and if we believe Jesus rose from the dead;

why should we have problems in believing the account in Acts 1 verses 6-11?

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