Ascension of Jesus - Radford Church of Christ

Acts 1:9 “Now when He (Jesus) had
spoken these things, while they
watched, He was taken up, and a cloud
received Him out of their sight.”
“And he said unto them, You are from
beneath; I am from above: you are of this
world; I am not of this world.” Jn. 8:23
Only 2 others been taken bodily from the earth
Enoch – Gen. 5:24
Elijah – 2 Ki. 2:11
Elijah – 2 Ki. 2:11
 Death
 Resurrection
 40 Days
 10 Appearances recorded
 Witnesses were watching – Acts 1:9
 Open daylight
Acts 1:12
“Then returned
they unto
Jerusalem from
the mount called
Olivet, which is
from Jerusalem a
sabbath day's
Acts 1:9
“A cloud received him out of
their sight”
Lk. 24:51
“While He blessed them, He
was parted from them, and
carried up into heaven.”
1 Pet. 3:22
“Who is gone into heaven,
and is on the right hand of
God; angels and authorities
and powers being made
subject unto Him.”
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
 Could He not have remained ?
 Think of all the good He could do !
 If He were here would not all believe ?
“He came to His own, and His own did not
receive Him.”
Jn. 1:11
“Despised and rejected of men” Isa. 53:3
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
Died on the cross for remission of our sins
Had to ascend back to complete the payment
 God required sacrifice for
 Law of Moses, high
priest went into Most Holy
place with blood
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
“But Christ came as High Priest of the good
things to come, with the greater and more
perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is,
not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats
and calves, but with His own blood He entered
the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained
eternal redemption.”
Heb. 9:11-12
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
“For Christ has not entered the holy places
made with hands, which are copies of the
true, but into heaven itself, now to appear
in the presence of God for us.”
Heb. 9:24
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
 To assist in keeping Christians Saved
“My little children, these things write I unto you,
that you not sin.”
1 Jn. 2:1
“if any man sin, we have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; And he is the
propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but
also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 Jn. 2:1-2
Advocate = intercessor, comforter
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
Better, Profitable - “to your advantage”
John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It
is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go
not away, the Comforter will not come unto you;
but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.”
Holy Spirit
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has
come, He will guide you into all truth; for He
will not speak on His own authority, but
whatever He hears He will speak; and He will
tell you things to come.” Jn. 16:13
Did He ascend back to Heaven ?
“In my Father's house are many mansions: if it
were not so, I would have told you. I go to
prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there you
may be also.”
 Existed before coming to the earth
 Born of the virgin Mary
 Lived on earth for 33 years
 Ascended back to Heaven
“He that descended is the same also that
ascended up far above all heavens, that he
might fill all things.” Eph. 4:10
…makes the Gospel Complete !
In Christ
Baptized (Gal.3:27)
Confess (Rom.10:10)
Repent (Lk.13:3)
Believe (Jn.8:24)
Hear (Rom.10:17)