What is the meaning and importance of the ascension of Jesus Christ?
Answer In the days following his resurrection from the dead, Jesus ″presented Himself alive″ (Acts 1:3) to the women who had gathered around the tomb (Matthew 28:9-10), to His disciples (Luke 24:36-43), and to a crowd of more than 500 people (1 Corinthians 15:6).During the days after His resurrection, Jesus instructed His followers about the nature of God’s kingdom (Acts 1:3).Jesus and His followers traveled to Mount Olivet, which is located near Jerusalem, forty days after the resurrection.The Holy Spirit would shortly be given to His followers, and Jesus told them to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit had been given to them.Jesus then blessed them and proceeded to climb into the heavens as soon as he finished blessing them.
According to Luke 24:50-51 and Acts 1:9-11, Jesus’ ascension was witnessed by those who were present.The Scriptures make it clear that Jesus’ ascension was a genuine, physical return to the presence of the Father.He rose slowly and obviously from the ground, attracting the attention of a large number of witnesses.
- A cloud obscured Jesus from the disciples’ vision as they strained to catch a last sight of Him, then two angels arrived and vowed that Christ would return ″in exactly the same way that you have watched Him leave″ (Acts 1:11).
- There are various reasons why the Ascension of Jesus Christ is significant: First and foremost, it marked the conclusion of His earthly mission.
- After sending His Son into the world at Bethlehem out of love, God the Father was bringing the Son back home to be with the Father.
- In the end, the time of human restriction had come to an end.
- 2) It represented the completion of His earthly mission.
- He had completed all of the tasks that He had set out to undertake.
- The return of His celestial splendour was symbolized by this event.
- With the exception of a brief appearance during the Transfiguration, Jesus’ brilliance had remained obscured throughout His earthly stay (Matthew 17:1-9).
- 4) It represented His elevation to the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20-23).
- According to Matthew 17:5, the One with whom the Father is pleased was brought up in reverence and given a name beyond all other names (Jesus Christ) (Philippians 2:9).
- 5) It provided Him with the opportunity to provide a place for us (John 14:2).
- The beginning of His new function as High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16) and Mediator of the New Covenant was signaled by this event, according to the Bible (Hebrews 9:15).
- 7) It established a precedent for His return.
- That He went, Jesus will return in the same manner as He came-literally, personally, and clearly in the clouds-in order to establish the Kingdom (Acts 1:11; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7).
- At the moment, the Lord Jesus is in the presence of the Father.
- The Scriptures commonly depict Him as sitting at the right hand of the Father, which is a position of honor and power (Psalm 110:1; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 8:1).
- God the Father is the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18), the provider of spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:7-8), and the One who fills everything in everything (Colossians 1:26-27).
- (Ephesians 4:9-10).
Gramps, This last year, I’ve been studying the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’m attempting to figure out when Jesus was exalted to the highest point in the sky. Christina
Greetings, Christina I’m presuming your inquiry is about the time period following Christ’s resurrection when he ascended to his Father.If this is the case, please accept my apologies for any confusion.Even while we don’t have a certain date, we do have the following details: First and foremost, we know that there was a period of time on the morning of the resurrection when Christ had not yet risen to heaven (see John 20:17): 17 To Mary, Jesus says, ″Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.″ Instead, go to my brethren and tell them, ″I climb unto my Father, as well as your Father; as well as my God, as well as your God.″ Christ may have risen to heaven for a period of time before returning to earth to continue teaching his followers, according to this passage of scripture.Following that, we read in Luke 24:51 that Christ ascended into heaven after meeting with the apostles: 51 In the midst of his blessing them, he was separated from them and lifted into the presence of the Father in the air.Although it’s not apparent to me how soon after the resurrection this occurred, I wonder whether it’s a synopsis of the same incident recounted in Acts 1:11 (which occurred around 40 days after the resurrection and looks to be the same event): 11 In which it was also stated, ″Ye men of Galilee, why are you looking up into the heavens?″ This same Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in the same manner in which you have witnessed him ascend into heaven.
In conclusion, we read the following from the institution handbook for Luke 24: Jesus Christ’s real ascension into heaven to be with His Father, according to Elder Bruce R.McConkie, was a literal event.It is literally true that Christ has ascended into heaven in the broadest and most complete sense of the word.
- He was a resurrected man, a personage of the tabernacle who, despite the fact that he was immortal, walked, chatted, and ate with his earthly companions.
- … Jesus, who had been raised from the dead, ascensioned from the earth and proceeded to the realm where his Father resides.
- Our latter-day revelation describes his ascension as follows: ″He ascended into heaven, to sit down at the right side of the Father, to reign with awesome authority according to the will of the Father.″ (D&C 20:24) The Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:872, states that That Christ had not been to heaven prior to this and after the resurrection is not necessarily true; we know that Christ has returned to the earth since; however, this event is commonly referred to as ″The Ascension,″ and it can be considered the point at which Christ’s primary location was with his Father rather than on the earth in the presence of men.
- This response may also be of interest to you: What are the events that transpired following Christ’s crucifixion?
- I hope this has provided an answer to your inquiry, and I urge you to continue your research into the life and teachings of our Lord!
According to tradition, Jesus rose up to Heaven from this mountain.
All of the significant events in Jesus’ life took place in specific locations around the Holy Land.Many of the events can be traced back to their actual location, while others are only known via oral traditions passed down from generation to generation.Regarding Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, the Bible makes specific reference to the mountain on which he was seen by his disciples at the time of the miraculous occurrence.In the Acts of the Apostles, St.Luke recounts how Jesus’ followers got together and asked him a question about the kingdom of God.
After Jesus’ final words were said, ″while they were gazing on, he was lifted up, and a cloud enveloped him, and he was no more in their sight″ (Acts 1:9).″They returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem and a sabbath day’s travel away,″ according to St.Luke shortly after (Acts 1:12).
- This is the same ″Mount of Olives″ that Jesus went through his ″agony in the garden″ before being captured and brought into captivity, according to tradition.
- More information may be found at: What’s the difference between the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, you might wonder.
- A medieval manuscript that incorporates a variety of tales claims that the mountain has some amazing symbolism, which is documented in The Golden Legend.
- Note that Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives, looking out toward Bethany, in the first instance.
- This mountain was also known as the Mount of Three Lights, according to another translation, because it received light from the Temple by night because a fire burned continuously on the altar; in the morning, it caught the sun’s rays from the east before they reached the city; and the hill’s olive trees produced a plentiful supply of oil, which was used to fuel the Temple’s lights.
- Furthermore, local legends assert that they know the precise location where Jesus went to heaven.
- Sulpicius, the bishop of Jerusalem, and the Gloss both claim that when a church was built on the site where Christ had stood later on, the spot where Christ had stood could never be covered with pavement; more than that, the marble slabs that were placed there burst upwards into the faces of those who were laying them.
- According to him, the Lord stood on that site because footmarks in the dust still bear witness to his presence: the footprints are apparent, and the earth still bears the depressions made by his feet.
- Regardless of whether or not this last narrative is true, it serves to emphasize the fact that Jesus was actually present on earth and that his presence continues to be with us even after his ascension.
- The presence of Christ, according to Catholic belief, exists within the consecrated host during Mass, fulfilling the words of Jesus, who said, ″I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you″ (Matthew 25:34).
- (John 14:18).
- More information may be found at: The name of the stand that is used in Eucharistic adoration serves to remind us of what is taking place.
- Continue reading:How to read the Bible when you’re not sure where to begin
Did Jesus Ascend Twice to Heaven?
Before answering this issue, it is necessary to comprehend the discourse that took place between the thief and Jesus when they were both being crucified.In response to the thief’s request that Jesus remember him when He returns in His reign, Jesus says, ″today you will be with Me in Paradise.″ In this passage, Jesus says that the thief was saved on the day of his crucifixion, and that the spirits of both of them have been raised to heaven.When Jesus says, immediately before dying, ″Father, into your hands I entrust My spirit,″ we have more scriptural evidence that Jesus’ spirit has gone to heaven (Luke 23:46).Nevertheless, while Jesus’ Spirit ascends to heaven, this is not the same as Jesus rising in His resurrected and glorified body, as previously stated.For three days and three nights, Jesus is said to have been in the ″heart of the earth″ (Matt 12:40), which is most likely a reference to His body.
The following two verse sections raise the issue ″Did Jesus ascend to heaven more than once?″ ″Mary!″ Jesus said to her.″Rabboni!″ she said as she turned to face Him in Hebrew (which means, Teacher).″Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; instead, go to My brethren and tell them, ‘I climb to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God,’″ Jesus said to her.
- (See also John 20:16-17.) As a result, when they came together, they asked Him, ″Lord, is it at this time that You are returning the kingdom to Israel?″ He replied affirmatively.
- When they asked him about the timing, He replied, ″It is not for you to know the times or epochs that the Father has fixed by His own authority; but when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power, and you will be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and throughout Judea and Samaria, and even to the farthest reaches of the earth.″ And after He had spoken these things, He was raised up while they were gazing on, and He was taken away by a cloud and out of sight.
- (See Acts 1:6–9) After His resurrection and announcement to Mary of His purpose to go to the Father, did Jesus instantly climb to the Father’s right hand?
- Why would Jesus ascend without any witnesses and then return just to climb again in Acts 1:9, if this was the case?
- What was the point of rising without any witnesses?
- Jesus mentions ″disappearing″ twice in the Bible: first, in the Gospel of John, and second, in the Gospel of Mark.
- 1) Ascending to the right hand of the Father after the resurrection; and 2) dying on the cross.
- ″Going gone″ is a phrase used by Jesus in the context of His ascension to heaven in His resurrected body.
- When Jesus’ mission on earth is completed at the cross (John 12:27-28), He prepares His followers for His final return to heaven, which occurs after His resurrection.
- When Jesus connects the return to God with the going forth from God in the single meaning, as in a full cycle, he does so in two places (John 13:3 and 14:28).
- In addition, when Jesus leaves the earth, He sends the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus rose from supper, knowing that the devil had already put a desire in the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, and knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, as well as knowing that He had come forth from God and was returning to God, and He girded Himself with a towel as He left supper.
- (See John 13:2–4).
- ″Do not allow your heart to be worried; believe in God, and believe in Me as your Savior.
- There are many dwelling places in My Father’s home; if this were not the case, I would have informed you; because I am going to make a place for you.
- In the event that I leave to make a place for you, I will return to accept you into Myself so that you may be where I am as well.
- (See also John 14:1-3) ″But now I am returning to the One who sent Me, and none of you has inquired as to where I am going.
- However, it is because I have stated these things to you that you are overwhelmed with sadness.
- However, I will tell you the truth: it is in your best interests for me to go; otherwise, the Helper would not come to you; however, if I leave, I will send Him to you.
- Moreover, He will convict the world when He returns, both concerning sin as well as righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; concerning righteousness, as I have gone to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, as the ruler of this world has been judged.
- (See also John 16:5-11.) ″There will come a day when I will no longer speak to you in metaphorical language but will tell you the truth about the Father as He has revealed it to me in plain words.
- It is on that day that you will make your request in My name, and I do not say to you that I will make your request to the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you as a result of your love for Me and your belief that I have come forth from the Father.
I have issued out from the Father and have entered the world; I am leaving the world once more and returning to the Father, as I spoke earlier.″ (See also John 16:25-28.) It is to comfort the disciples that He will see them again after He has died on the cross that Jesus talks of ″moving away″ in the context of death.This occurs after He had spoken in the context of not seeing them anymore in each of these situations (John 14:19 follows John 14:1-18, John 14:27-29 follows John 14:23-27, John 16:16-20 follows John 16:5-15).″Instead of leaving you all alone, I will personally come to you.After a short period of time, the world will no longer be able to see Me, but you will be able to see Me; because I live, you will also live.(See also John 14:19) You will have peace because I leave you peace; you will have my peace because I offer you my peace, not the peace that the world provides you.Do not allow your heart to be worried or your mind to be filled with dread.
You must have overheard me telling you, ‘I’m going away, and I’ll come to you.’ It is only because you love Me that you would have rejoiced when I went to the Father, since the Father is greater than I am.Now that I’ve informed you before it happens, you’ll be more likely to trust me when it really does.(See also John 14:27-29) ″It will only take a short time before you will no longer see Me; and it will only take another short time before you will see Me again.″ As a result, several of His followers began to wonder aloud: ″What exactly is this thing He is telling us about ‘a little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me; and since I am going to the Father’?″ As a result, people were questioning, ″What is it about ‘a little while’ that He refers to?We have absolutely no idea what He is talking about.″ Jesus was aware of their desire to question Him, and He responded by saying, ″’A little while and you will not see Me, and again a little while and you will see Me,’ I said.Are you debating it as a group about what I said.In all sincerity, I assure you that while you mourn and lament, the world will rejoice; while you cry, your anguish will be transformed into joy.
- (See also John 16:16-20.) When Jesus is speaking to the disciples just before the crucifixion, it appears that he is referring to ″going back″ or ″going to His Father″ in the context of rising to His Father just once.
- The disciples also know that they will meet Jesus again after ″they won’t see Him for a short time″ and before He ″goes back to God″ because of the finality of the Ascension.
- Due to the fact that they are uninformed of the imminent crucifixion, they are unable to comprehend the significance of Jesus’ absence for a short period of time (John 20:9).
- One event, when Jesus returns to God, will be remembered by them as the final time they will see Him, and this will be the last time they will see Him.
- It is in this circumstance that Jesus addresses Mary, as follows: ″Mary!″ Jesus said to her.
- ″Rabboni!″ she said as she turned to face Him in Hebrew (which means, Teacher).
″Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; instead, go to My brethren and tell them, ‘I climb to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God,’″ Jesus said to her.(See also John 20:16-17.) ″For I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and tell them, ‘I climb to My Father,″ Jesus told the disciples, so that they would instantly comprehend that the first ″going away″ of Jesus had just occurred and that the last ″going away″ would take place shortly after.However, despite the fact that Jesus appears to be indicating an imminent ascension, the disciples are certain that they will see Him before He departs forever.
Did Jesus physically and spiritually ascend into heaven?
Following His ascension into heaven, what happened to Jesus Christ’s bodily body was a mystery. Is it OK for us to think that He physically and spiritually ascended into heaven?
After all, death is something that none of us truly comprehends until it occurs to us.Our hearts and minds have ceased working, and our physical bodies are no longer able to perceive the environment around us.Our spirits have left us, and only our physical bodies remain.It’s too late to control what occurs after that.It is either beneficial or detrimental.
Some will spend eternity in heaven, while others will spend eternity in hell.
When Jesus died, His bodily body ceased to operate, just as our physical bodies will cease to function at some point in the future.On Sunday, though, he came back to life (Matthew 28:1-10).It was early the next morning when Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb and discovered that His corpse had been removed from it (John 20:2).Within a few minutes, she realized that His new body was different from the one she was used to.It had undergone a transformation.
According to John 20:14-16, the situation was so different that Mary Magdalene did not recognize Him as the Messiah….she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize Him as the Messiah.″Woman, what is the cause of your tears?″ Jesus inquired.
- ″Can you tell me who you are looking for?″ Pretending He was the gardener, she approached Him and said, ″Sir, if you have taken Him away, please tell me where you have laid Him and I will come and take Him away.″ John 20:14-15 (KJV) (NASB) Although Jesus’ new eternal body was different, we subsequently learn that He was still able to consume food in the same way that He had been able to do so in the past (Luke 24:40-43).
- His body, on the other hand, was distinct in other respects.
- His followers discovered that He had the ability to walk through barriers.
- After eight days, His followers had returned to the house, and Thomas had joined them.
- After the doors had been closed, Jesus entered and stood in the midst of the people, saying, ″Peace be with you.″ ″Reach here with your finger and see My hands; and reach here with your hand and put it into My side; and do not be disbelieving, but believing,″ He instructed Thomas.
- ″My Lord and my God!″ Thomas exclaimed in response to His words.
- John 20:26-28 (KJV) (NASB) They also discovered that He had the ability to vanish at any time if He so wished.
- After He had sat down at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it before beginning to distribute it to them.
- They were startled when their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; then He vanished from their view.
- Luke 24:30-31 (KJV) (NASB)
What Can We Learn?
There are a number of significant facts regarding Jesus’ new body to consider.First and foremost, his physical body was distinct from ours, despite the fact that it was composed of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39).Because Mary was unable to identify Jesus’ freshly altered body, we might conclude that Jesus’ body was not the same as it had been before.Second, He was able to consume food and drink in His new body.That is just fantastic.
Consider what it might be like to share a meal with Jesus in the kingdom.Jesus promised His followers that He would have a meal with them in the kingdom of heaven (Luke 22:15-16).Third, Jesus’ body had the ability to pass through solid objects such as walls, and He could just vanish.
- Our bodies are no longer capable of doing so.
- Once again, Jesus returned to heaven, this time in His spirit and in His new and everlasting body.
Every man and woman will have a completely different physique at some point in the future.God will provide us with altered bodies at some point in the future.Our spirits will be joined by these new bodies.This is revealed to us by the apostle Paul in the following chapter.Look, I’ll reveal a mystery to you: we will not all sleep, but we will all be transformed in a split second, in the blink of an eye, at the sound of the final trumpet; because the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be risen imperishable, and we will be transformed as a result.
Because this perishable must be transformed into the imperishable, and this mortal must be transformed into immortality.1 Corinthians 15:51-53 is a biblical passage (NASB) It looks like Christians have a very bright future ahead of them!We shall have a good time in both the worldly kingdom and the heavenly kingdom.
- Lord Jesus, please come swiftly!
When Jesus died, why were people raised from the dead? God is being sought after.
How Did Jesus Leave the Earth? (The Ascension)
The ascension of Christ into heaven was one of the most momentous occasions in the life of Jesus Christ.According to the Bible, Jesus ascended into heaven both visually and physically forty days after His resurrection, according to the Bible.Luke Luke was the only New Testament author to recount the event of the ascension.He was separated from them and lifted up into the heavens as he was extending his blessings to them.In return, they returned to Jerusalem with great excitement, and they spent the rest of their time in the temple praying to God and praising and blessing him.The answer is a resounding ″amen″ (Luke 24:51,52).
Luke describes Jesus’ separation from them in a way that suggests they are already familiar with the tale of Jesus’ ascension to the Father.The Book of Acts Bears Witness to Its Authorship The following is recorded by Luke in the first chapter of the Book of Acts.After giving commands to the apostles whom he had selected via the Holy Spirit, I gave you a previous account of everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day in which he was taken up, which I gave you in the previous account, O Theophilus (Acts 1:1,2).Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father in full view of His disciples.The Bible confirms that Jesus ascended into heaven in plain view of His followers, as recorded in the Gospels.Following his words, he was lifted up and carried away by a cloud, out of sight of them, while they stood there looking on.
- Meanwhile, while they continued to stare upward as he rose, two men in white clothing appeared beside them and inquired of them, saying, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up into the heavens?’ This same Jesus, who was carried away from you into heaven, will return in the same manner in which you witnessed him ascend into heaven’ (Acts 1:9-11).
- There Are Several Other Testimonies To Jesus’ Ascension Scripture gives additional evidence that Jesus ascended to His rightful seat next to the Father in the presence of God.
- Stephen was the first Christian to be executed because of his faith in Jesus Christ.
- As he was being stoned to death, he raised his eyes to the heavens and saw Jesus.
- However, because he was filled with the Holy Spirit, he looked up into the skies and saw the glory of God, as well as Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and exclaimed, ‘Look!
- The heavens have been opened, and the Son of Man is standing at the right side of the Father!’ (See Acts 7:55-56.) Stephen saw Jesus standing at God the Father’s right hand, which is the position of authority.
This proved that Jesus had risen to heaven and had remained there.Matthew Despite the fact that the gospel of Matthew does not explicitly mention Christ’s ascension as concluding his earthly mission, it does make reference to the outcome of that event.You will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Father’s throne and ascending on the clouds of heaven in the days to come (Matthew 26:64) Mark Although the lengthy conclusion to Mark’s gospel may not be entirely original, it does represent an ancient belief.
In Mark 16:19, we find the word from Acts 1:2 being used once more.When the Lord Jesus finished speaking to them, he was taken up into heaven and seated at the right hand of God, where he continues to sit today (Mark 16:19).John The ascension of Jesus was also mentioned in John’s gospel.Jesus responded to her, ‘Stop clinging to me; because I have not yet climbed to the Father; but go to my brothers, and tell to them, I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God’″ (John 20:17).(John 20:17).
- Also, Christ predicts His ascension in the Gospel of John, asking, ″What if you should see the Son of Man rising where he was before?″ ″ (John 6:62).
- In view of this remark, the disciples should have been expected to see Jesus ascend into heaven on a visible level.
- 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 The ancient Christian confession of First Timothy 3:16 includes the phrase ″And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.″ The phrase ″And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world (1 Timothy 3:16).
- In Acts 1:2, the verb ″picked up″ refers to the same action as in the previous verse.
- Ephesians The ascension is mentioned by Paul.
- It is also true that he who descended is also the one who soared far beyond all the heavens, in order to fill all things with himself (Ephesians 4:10).
- He also shared his thoughts.
- In Christ, which he accomplished by raising him from the grave and putting him at his right hand in the celestial realms (Ephesians 1:20) Without some type of ascension, this exaltation would not have been possible, and the one recounted by Luke appears to be the one that was comprehended by the disciples.
- As a result, God exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the mention of Jesus’ name, every knee should bow, whether in heaven, on earth, or beneath the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, who created the universe (Philippians 2:9-11).
- The ascension, according to Luke, was completed theologically, as Paul describes in his letter.
1 Peter 3:21-23 Christ’s ascension was first mentioned by the apostle Peter in Acts 1:11, and he used the same term.He is speaking about Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having ascended into heaven after having subdued angels, authorities, and powers to his will and authority (1 Peter 3:22).These two texts are closely related, and the theological consequence of this connection is obvious.Hebrews The writer to the Hebrews has a clear understanding of what Christ’s ascension has achieved for the world.
- Since then, we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, so let us be firm in our proclamation of Jesus the Christ (Hebrews 4:14).
- The high priest, according to Hebrews 7:26, is ″exalted above the sky,″ which means ″exalted above the earth.″ Summary A number of New Testament writers have attested to the actuality of Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father.
- Beginning with the factual tale of Jesus’ ascension into heaven from the Mount of Olives, there is a spiritual dimension to the story.
- In both his gospel and the Book of Acts, Luke makes note of this event.
- As a bonus, the other two gospel writers make allusions to Jesus’ ascension as well.
- You can also include the testimony of Stephen, Paul, Peter, and the author of the book of Hebrews.
- As a result, the ascension of Jesus is mentioned in a number of distinct places in the New Testament, including the Gospels.
- The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1982), is a translation of the Bible.
The ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, according to Christian theology, occurred on the 40th day following his Resurrection (Easter being reckoned as the first day).The Feast of the Ascension, together with the other Christian feasts of Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost, is the most widely observed holiday in the world.Since the 4th century, the feast has been observed 40 days following Easter in both Eastern and Western Christianity, depending on the region.It had been customary to remember the Ascension during Pentecost, which took place just a few days after the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples.The significance of the Ascension for Christians is derived from their belief in Jesus’ glorification and elevation following his death and resurrection, as well as from the notion of his return to God the Father, which is a central subject in Christian tradition.To illustrate a new relationship between Jesus and his Father, as well as a new relationship between Jesus and his followers, the Gospel According to John draws on both the sayings of Jesus and his post-Resurrection appearances, rather than a mere physical move from earth to heaven.
More Information on This Topic church calendar year: Ascension First, the church commemorated Christ’s Ascension (from the Latin ascensio, ″ascent″) into heaven, and then the Resurrection of Christ.
Scripture and observances
According to the first chapter of The Acts of the Apostles, after appearing to the Apostles on various occasions over a period of 40 days, Jesus was taken up in their presence and then hidden from them by a cloud, which is a common biblical image symbolizing God’s presence and which is often depicted as a cloud in the Bible.However, while belief in the Ascension is evident in other books of the New Testament, the focus and imagery used in those works are different.According to the Gospel of John, the glorification portrayed by the Ascension tale appears to have occurred immediately following the Resurrection.Despite the fact that the imagery used in the Gospel According to Luke is similar to that used in the Book of Acts, there is no mention of a time of 40 days in this story.A reference to the Ascension of Jesus may be found in the Apostles’ Creed, a confession of faith that was used for baptism in the early church.An important component of the feast’s liturgy in the Western churches is the extinguishing of the Paschal candle, which is lighted for the first time on Easter and is used as a symbol of Christ’s departure from the world after the Gospel has been read.
Despite the sense of separation implied in this act, which could be expected to establish a tone of melancholy, the entire liturgical season of Ascensiontide, from the 10 days before Pentecost, is marked by gladness as the rising Lord triumphs in the final victory over death and hell.Ascension Day is marked by the celebration of Christ’s kingship, and its theological connotation is that the Ascension was the last redeeming act, granting participation in the divine life to everyone who are members of Christ’s body.For want of a better phrase, Christ ″was hoisted up into heaven so that he may make us heirs with him of his Godhead.″ During the European Middle Ages, the people’s enjoyment of the visual and theatrical found an expression in a variety of ceremonial acts that came to be connected with the celebration of the feast.One of the most popular practices was a parade across the church grounds in imitation of Christ’s trek to the Mount of Olives with his Apostles, as well as the lifting of a cross or a statue of the resurrected Christ through a hole in the roof of the building.
The Ascension is an ancient motif in Christian art, with depictions of it dating back to the 5th century.The oldest depiction of the Ascension, which was popular in the Western world until the 11th century, portrays Christ approaching from the side, rising to the summit of the hill, and clutching the hand of God, which emerges from a cloud above to draw him into the presence of God.The Apostles, who have gathered below, are keeping an eye on the proceedings.In Syria, a separate rendition of the Ascension was established in the 6th century, and this image was eventually incorporated in Byzantine art.This version emphasizes Christ’s divinity by depicting him frontally, standing immovable in a mandorla, or almond-shaped aureole, elevated above the ground and supported by angels, as opposed to the previous form.He is holding a scroll and making a benediction motion with it.
This version is notable for the constant presence of the Virgin Mary, who is not mentioned in the biblical account of the event, and St.Paul, who was not present since he was not present according to historical records.Although the inclusion of these people has not been clearly explained, it is possible that they symbolize, together with the image of St.Peter, an allegory of the church that Christ departs behind him.When it came to Byzantine church architecture, this style of Ascension, which follows in the Roman tradition of symbolizing the apotheosis of an emperor, was frequently shown prominently in monumental embellishment as an emblem of one of the most important church feast days.Similarly, by the 11th century, the Western world had embraced a frontal depiction of the world.
- The humanity of Christ, on the other hand, is emphasized in the Western rendition, as seen by the way Jesus spreads his hands on each side, revealing his scars.
- The mandorla is frequently surrounded by angels; nevertheless, he is not always supported or even surrounded by angels; as a result, he is no longer carried to heaven, but instead ascends by his own strength.
- During the 12th century, this representation of the Ascension was particularly prevalent in the décor of French Romanesque church interiors.
- Even in the art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, when Christ was shown with his wounds on display, the Ascension kept its significance as a devotional topic.
- Those in charge of editing the Encyclopaedia Britannica Melissa Petruzzello was the person who most recently improved and updated this article.
Jesus ascended after 40 days, but didn’t leave us alone
Jesus appeared to many individuals during the 40 days following his resurrection, according to Acts 1:3.The Gospels and the book of Acts detail several of these appearances, and the apostle Paul also testifies to Jesus’ multiple resurrection appearances in 1 Corinthians.Then, 40 days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into the heavens to complete His mission.It was the 40th day following Easter, and many churches celebrated His ascension on May 27; however, others will wait until this Sunday to do so.In the end, Jesus, who declared Himself to be God and then demonstrated that claim by rising from the dead, completed His purpose on earth.All who believe in Him will have everlasting life since He died for the sins of the world and rose again to give them life in the hereafter.
After completing His task, He ascended into the celestial realm.Jesus didn’t abandon us without a word.He promised to send a helper, who would be known as the Holy Spirit.″He will take what is mine and disclose it to you,″ Jesus warned the apostles twice in John 16, according to the Bible.(This is the English Standard Version.) Because of the Word of God, the Holy Spirit directs people to Jesus so that they may hear and believe that Jesus is the Saviour of the entire world.As a result, the apostle Peter would later remark of the Word of God, ″Men spake from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,″ referring to the men who spoke from God.
- Jesus told His followers that He would never desert them.
- Indeed, towards the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel, in verse 20, He adds, ″I will be with you always, until the end of the age.″ By His Word, Jesus continues to be with His people.
- In John 8:31-32, Jesus stated, ″If you abide in my word, you are really my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.″ If you dwell in Jesus’ word, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
- A little later (in 14:6), Jesus would proclaim, ″I am the way and the truth, and the life.″ He who comes in the name of the truth will be found in His Word.
- These two are inextricably linked because His Word reveals to all people who He is and what He has done for all of humanity.
- Jesus also stated that He will return on the day of judgment.
A pair of angels appeared to the disciples as Jesus was rising into heaven and said, ″Why are you standing here staring into heaven?″ This Jesus, who was carried up from you into heaven, will return in the same manner in which you witnessed him go into heaven.″ (See Acts 1:11).In the same way that Jesus climbed into heaven in all of His glory, He will descend into hell in all of His glory on the final day of the week.It will be a wonderful day for everyone who believes in it.
″The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God,″ writes the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: ″The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.″ So, first, the dead in Christ will rise, followed by us who are alive, and so we shall always be with the Lord.″ A wonderful day of delight has arrived, and the Bible concludes with the most appropriate words in Revelation 22:20, which read: “Amen.″Come, Lord Jesus, come!″ Travis E.Lauterbach serves as the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, which is located in Falcon Mesa Business Park, 350 Falcon Ridge Parkway, Building 600, in Phoenix, Arizona.Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., there will be a worship service.
Mount of Olives
Home Geography and travel are two topics that I am interested in.Land ridge, Jerusalem: Physical Geography of the Land Ridge Alternative names include: Har ha-Zetim and Jabal Al-R.Arabic for Mount of Olives.Jabal al-R is a Hebrew word that means ″mountain of the sun.″ Located directly east of Jerusalem’s Old City and separated from it by the Kidron Valley, Har ha-Zetim is a multi-summit limestone mountain with several peaks.It is a sacred site for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, having been referenced several times in the Bible and later religious writings.Located at 2,652 feet (808 metres) above sea level, the southern top of the Mount of Olives is generally considered to be the mountain’s actual summit.
The Augusta Victoria Hospital sits on the middle peak (2,645 feet), which is the highest point on the mountain.Mount Scopus (Hebrew: Har ha-ofim; Arabic: Ras al-Mashrif; 2,694 feet) is the highest point in the region, located in the northernmost part of the country.When the Bible first mentions it, it is referred to as ″the climb of the Mount of Olives″ (2 Samuel 15), and it is also mentioned in the book of Zechariah in a prophesy about the end of times (Zechariah 14).The Mount of Olives is a location that appears frequently in the New Testament.It was from here that Jesus made his way into Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week of his life (Matthew 21:1; Mark 11:1).The destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world are prophesied by Jesus in his so-called Olivet Discourse, which takes place two days before his death on the cross (Matthew 24–25, Mark 13–14, Luke 21).
- This is the traditional location of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed right before he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Matthew 26; Mark 14), and it is located on the western slopes of Mount Tabor.
- The Ascension is said to have taken place on the Mount of Olives, near the hamlet of Bethany, according to Acts 1:9–12; Luke indicates that the Ascension took place on a site near the village of Bethany in Luke 24:50–51.
- There have been Christian churches and shrines erected there since at least the 4th century ce, and a variety of denominations are presently represented among them.
- Over the location where many Christians and Muslims believe Jesus ascended to heaven, a combination mosque and Christian chapel has been built.
- In accordance with ancient Jewish legend, the messianic age will begin atop the Mount of Olives; as a result, its slopes have long been considered the most hallowed burial place in Judaism, and they continue to be so today.
- The Hebrew University was founded on Mount Scopus (north) in 1918, and the campus was officially inaugurated by Lord Balfour in 1925.
Chaim Weizmann lay the cornerstone for the university on Mount Scopus (north).Several structures, notably the Jewish National and University Library (1929) and the Rothschild-Hadassah University Hospital (1934), which was one of the largest in the Middle East at the time of its completion in 1948, had been constructed at that time.Following Israel’s War of Independence (1948–49), the university region on Mount Scopus was designated as an exclave (a distinct piece of sovereign Israeli territory), isolated from Israeli Jerusalem by the Jordanian border.
Immediately following the Six-Day War (June 1967), Israel seized control of the whole Mount of Olives; by the early 1970s, the Mount Scopus complex had been renovated and was being used by a number of different university faculties.Those in charge of editing the Encyclopaedia Britannica Adam Zeidan was responsible for the most recent revisions and updates to this article.
The resurrection of Jesus
- Following Jesus’ crucifixion, a group of ladies went to his tomb quite early on Sunday morning to pay their respects. They discovered the stone that had been rolled aside from the tomb’s entrance, but they were unable to locate the body of Jesus.
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Jesus took them out of the city and into Bethany, where he blessed them with the blessing of his hands. After then, he was lifted up into Heaven. It was with great satisfaction that they returned to Jerusalem and spent the rest of their stay in God’s temple, giving thanks to the Almighty. A chromolithograph of Christ’s ascension, produced in 1886, depicts the event.
Understanding the text
This occurrence occurred 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.It was during this time period that the New Testament writers describe that there were several witnesses who saw Jesus upon his resurrection.The term ″ascension″ refers to the fact that Jesus ascended, or was taken up, to the heavenly realm.This is crucial because it demonstrates that he has completed his purpose on Earth and has returned to Heaven as a result.Christians believe that Jesus resides in the presence of God in Heaven until such time as God decides to send Jesus to Earth to carry out the last judgment.The Parousia is the name given to this occurrence.
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Nature of Jesus in Christianity
- Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, who was offered up as a sacrifice so that mankind may have the opportunity to live forever in Heaven with God. The crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are all significant events in the development of Christian faith.
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- Christians believe that Jesus did not die a second time after he resurrected from the dead, as some have suggested. As an alternative, 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus was lifted up into the air, body and soul, and returned to the presence of God the Father. The ascension is the name given to this occurrence, which was observed by the eleven disciples who remained after Jesus’ death. Throughout the Bible, in a book referred to as the Acts of the Apostles, this occurrence is detailed, as is the way angels, who are described as ″men clad in white,″ assisted the apostles in understanding what was taking place: After he stated this, he was lifted into the air in front of their very eyes, and a cloud obscured his appearance. They were staring intently up into the sky as he passed them when two men clad in white appeared beside them and took their places beside them. The men of Galilee questioned them, ‘Why are you standing here staring up into the sky?’ This same Jesus, who has been taken away from you and ascended into heaven, will return in the same manner in which you have witnessed him ascend into heaven.’ In Acts 1:9–11, the Bible says For Christians, the ascension is significant for the following reasons: It demonstrates that Jesus truly had conquered death – he wasn’t only raised to die again, but to live eternally
- Because Jesus’ disciples watched him soaring into the clouds, many Christians believe that Jesus is alive and with God the Father in Heaven, and that he is no longer restricted to life on Earth.
- Because of the ascension, God’s omnipotence is demonstrated.
Question Following his death on the cross, Jesus was reborn as a human being.Is this true or false?False.He was raised from the dead.Reincarnation is the process by which something is reincarnated and begins its existence all over again, usually in a new form.Jesus is supposed to have risen from the dead in the same body and at the same point in his life (at the age of 33) as when he had died the first time.
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Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven
In this year’s calendar, we commemorate the Feast of the Ascension on the 25th of May.(though some dioceses transfer this feast to the following Sunday).On this day, the Church commemorates the magnificent ascension of Jesus into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father, where He will reign forever.The Ascension is described in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:50–51, and Acts 1:2–11, among other places.In spite of the fact that the Ascension is sometimes forgotten since it falls between Easter and Pentecost, it is a very important feast without which Easter and Pentecost would not have the same meaning.In Jesus’ victory over death, the Ascension represents the culmination of his efforts.
His resurrected body is fully received into the glories of heaven as a result of this deed, bringing the promise of Easter to fruition.It is only after He has risen that Jesus is able to send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, who will officially inaugurate the Church on the Feast of Pentecost.The notion of being elevated into heaven, both physically and spiritually, is one that many people are familiar with.On August 15, we commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a feast that is quite similar to this one.The Feast of the Assumption commemorates the day on which Mary was exalted into heaven and spared the deterioration that would have occurred if she had died.Ascension and Assumption are not synonymous, and there are significant consequences arising from their divergence from one another.
- The most significant distinction between the Ascension and the Assumption is the identity of the active person in each case.
- During the Ascension, Jesus ascends only by the force of His own will and might.
- Because He is divine, He is free to choose to ascend to the Father on His own initiative.
- Mary, on the other hand, is a passive participant.
- She is not raised by her own efforts; rather, God lifts her.
- This serves as a helpful reminder that, while Mary is deserving of our devotion as God’s most beloved saint, she is not divine in and of herself.
Only God has the power to elevate her to the heavenly realm.Mary, like the rest of mankind, was in desperate need of a rescuer.The distinction is that she was rescued before she committed sin as a result of the Immaculate Conception.
God protected her body from the degradation of death by bringing her to Himself, proving that she had not sinned throughout her lifetime.It is true that, as a result of the Ascension and the Assumption, we do not have a physical body for either Jesus or Mary here on earth.However, because of the divergence between the Ascension and the Assumption, there are certain disparities in the earthly consequences of the two events.Mary is now in the presence of God in heaven, both in body and in spirit.Jesus, the Incarnate Word, is present with God and sits at His right hand, as well.
- Nonetheless, we have the Church, which is the physical manifestation of Christ’s Body on earth.
- God established His Church on earth via the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit continues to dwell among us now.
- In the Body of His Church and in the Eucharist, Jesus is present with us in His divinity, as He is with the Father.
- While Jesus’ ascension into heaven marked the culmination of God’s plan for redemption, it is still being carried out to this very day.
- The original version of this article appeared on CatholicTV.com.
Ascension and Pentecost – The liturgical year – GCSE Religious Studies Revision – WJEC
- Investigate the ways in which the liturgical year recalls and celebrates the life of Christ. For Catholics today, each season and feast day is commemorated in a unique fashion, and they are extremely important to them.
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Following Jesus’ resurrection, he spent time with the apostles, informing them that God will send down the Holy Spirit to them, exactly as he had previously promised them.It was Jesus who sent the apostles out into the world to inform others about him and the Word of God.He blessed them as he took them out to Bethany, which was outside of the city.After then, Jesus was carried away into heaven in a cloud.Two individuals dressed in white robes then emerged and inquired as to why the apostles were looking up at the skies in such a state.″Jesus has been carried away from you into heaven, but he will return from heaven in the same manner in which you witnessed him depart!″ they declared.
(Acts1:11).The ascension represents Jesus’ return to his heavenly Father.The feast of the Ascension is recognized as a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that Catholics are required to attend Mass on this day.Traditionally, the feast is held 40 days following Easter.The colors of the liturgical year are white and gold.
Pentecost is observed 50 days following Easter and is a time for Christians to reflect on the gift of the Holy Spirit received at Easter.The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and is the way through which God is active on Earth, according to Christian understanding of the Trinity.After Jesus’ ascension, the Bible claims that his disciples were gathered together when the Holy Spirit descended on them like tongues of fire.This is recorded in Acts 2:3.Due to the fact that it was following this event that the disciples were able to begin preaching Jesus’ message throughout the world, Pentecost is celebrated as the Christian Church’s birthday as well as the beginning of its mission to the rest of the world.When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all gathered together in one location to celebrate.
As they were sitting in their chairs, there was a startling sound from above, like the rush of a tremendous wind, which filled the entire home where they were sitting.Among them, divided tongues, as though made of fire, appeared, and one of the tongues rested on each of them.As the Holy Spirit empowered them, they began to communicate in different languages as the Spirit provided them with the capacity.Acts 2:14 – 2:4 In the Christian calendar, Pentecost is a holiday of rejoicing, and the liturgical colors are red, which represent the ″tongues of fire,″ which are a sign of the Holy Spirit.
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It Is Finished. The Last Words of Jesus.
This is the fourth and last lesson in the Last Words sermonlink series.This lesson is also available in a children’s version.Any person’s final words have value; nevertheless, the words of Jesus have a special significance that cannot be overstated.Christ’s last words were ″it is finished,″ which he spoke just before taking his last breath.Advertisement – The rest of the story is below.When Jesus realized that his mission was complete, he declared, in accordance with the Scripture, ″I am thirsty.″ Because there was a container of sour wine nearby, they wet a sponge in it and placed it on a hyssop branch, which they then brought up to his lips.
When Jesus had finished tasting it, he said, ″It is completed!″ After then, he bent his head and surrendered his spirit.John 19:28-30 (KJV) Actually, the term ″tetelestai″ is a translation of a single word from the original language of the Bible, ″tetelestai.″ And this rich and finely selected word is brimming with profound significance.Let’s take a look at some of the different aspects of this word’s meaning.
Tetelestai – The Sacrifice Is Accomplished
There would have been no doubt in the minds of any Jewish person present that this word was the English translation of a Hebrew phrase that was employed in the Old Testament sacrifice system.During the Jewish festival of The Day of Atonement, the High Priest would enter the temple and offer a unique sacrifice in atonement for the sins of the whole nation of Israel.The priest would emerge from the site of sacrifice as soon as the animal had been slaughtered and proclaim to the waiting throng in Hebrew that ″it is completed.″ All of Israel’s sins were symbolically imputed to the lamb, which was then slaughtered and punished in their place, as part of this sacrifice.The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that this sacrificial system was never truly completed or completed since the sacrifice of that lamb was faulty and only temporarily effective.However, when Jesus died on the cross, he was recognized as the one acceptable and ultimate sacrifice for all sin.The Book of Hebrews explains how Jesus was the ultimate Lamb of God, and that it was through his sacrifice that the process of forgiveness was fully completed.
He did not enter via the blood of goats and calves, but he entered the Most Holy Place once and for all with the blood of his own blood, having gained permanent redemption…Nevertheless, he has now arrived once and for all at the end of the ages in order to put a stop to sin through his own sacrifice.Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 9:26 In other words, when Jesus said ″it is completed,″ he was communicating to the Jewish world that there was no longer a need for sacrifices or temple building since his act had delivered final fulfillment to what their sacrificial system had prophesied.
Tetelestai – The Work Is Complete
When an employee had completed a day’s labor or completed a job in New Testament times, he would inform his or her superior by saying ″tetelestai,″ which means ″completed.″ This was to indicate that whatever it was that he had been assigned to undertake had now been finished successfully.An artist would have a moment of revealing when his work of art was finished, during which he would exclaim ″tetelestai,″ or ″completed.″ This was also intended to serve as a signal that his masterwork had been completed.There are no more touch-ups or changes required; the task has been completed.When Jesus arrived to this planet, he made it clear what his mission was: to bring redemption to a lost and broken world, which he accomplished.Due to the fact that the Son of Man came to seek and save people who had gone astray.Luke 19:10 (KJV) As a result, Jesus’ final remarks conveyed the message that the task he came to complete had been completed.
His act on the cross was the culmination of his efforts to secure the redemption of the entire world.There were no more modifications or additions required – salvation had been achieved.
Tetelestai – The Debt Is Paid in Full
In Jesus’ day, debt collection was perhaps the most prevalent application of the term ″tetelestai.″ When a person ultimately paid off a loan, they were given a receipt that was stamped with the word ″tetelestai,″ which signified that their debt had been completely paid off by that point.This served as confirmation that they were no longer liable for any of the debt and that all they owed had been entirely and permanently paid for by their creditors.Apparently, our sin caused a debt to God, which we would never be able to repay on our own, according to the Bible.However, when Jesus died, he was completing the payment of our sin debt once and for all.Once again, the Book of Hebrews emphasizes the finality of Jesus’ payment for our sin on the cross.Our High Priest, on the other hand, presented himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins that would be acceptable for all time.
And he took his position at God’s right hand, where he had earned it…Furthermore, after sins have been forgiven, there is no longer any need to make additional offerings.The book of Hebrews 10:12-13 and 18
It Is Finished
Everything about tetelestai is subtle, yet they all work together to express a wonderful truth: that Jesus finished the work of redemption once and for all.Because Jesus took care of everything, it is not our responsibility to finish or complete anything, or to conclude anything in our salvation.Because we have placed our faith in Jesus’ finished work, we may rest certain that we are saved and follow God with all of our hearts now that we have placed our trust in him.