According to tradition, Jesus rose up to Heaven from this mountain.
- All of the significant events in Jesus’ life took place in specific locations throughout the Holy Land.
- Many of the events can be traced back to their exact location, while others are only known through 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 apostles at the time of the miraculous event.
In the Acts of the Apostles, St.Luke recounts how Jesus’ disciples gathered together and asked him a question about the kingdom of God.After Jesus’ final words were spoken, ″while they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud enveloped him, and he was no longer in their sight″ (Acts 1:9).
- ″They returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem and a sabbath day’s journey away,″ according to St.
- Luke shortly after (Acts 1:12).
- This is the same ″Mount of Olives″ where Jesus went through his ″agony in the garden″ before being arrested and taken into custody, according to tradition.
More information can be found at: What’s the difference between the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, you might wonder.A medieval manuscript that contains a variety of traditions claims that the mountain possessed some remarkable symbolism, which is documented in The Golden Legend.Note that he 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 exact location where Jesus ascended 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 spot because footmarks in the dust still bear witness to his presence: the footprints are discernible, and the ground still bears the depressions made by his feet.Regardless of whether or not this last story is true, it serves to emphasize the point that Jesus was truly 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 at 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 can be found at: The name of the stand that is used in Eucharistic adoration serves to remind us of what is taking place.
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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!
Ascension of Jesus – What Happened and What it Accomplished
- The disciples who witnessed Christ’s ascension to the right hand of the Father most likely did not comprehend what they were witnessing.
- It entailed more than just his physical return to the heavenly realm.
- When Christ ascended to the right hand of the Father, he was restoring his old position of power in heaven, and he was beginning a new ministry for Christians in the presence of the Father in heaven.
What Happened At the Ascension?
The End of Self-Limitations
- During Christ’s transition from God to man, one aspect of the kenosis experience entailed Christ voluntarily limiting his comparable characteristics.
- Despite the fact that Jesus was still God, and he was able to use any of those traits according to his own will, Jesus chose to submit to the will of his heavenly Father rather than exercise his own self-will (John 4:34).
- Those self-imposed restrictions were lifted after the resurrection.
While Jesus was still the same almighty God who spoke the universe into existence (John 1:3; Heb.11:3), there was a period of time throughout his earthly life and ministry when he decided not to employ his ability (John 18:36, 37).Jesus remained the same omniscient God who alone comprehends the intricacies of our vast cosmos, as he has been since the beginning.
- Nonetheless, Jesus made the decision throughout his earthly ministry that there were some things he did not want to be aware of (Matt.
- Despite the fact that Jesus was still omnipresent, which means he was present everywhere in the vast cosmos, he decided to confine himself to the constraints of a human body for a little period of time throughout his eternity (John 1:14).
Christ no longer places restrictions on himself and uses all of his traits to the fullest extent possible.
The Glorification of Christ
- Jesus has had his own splendor since the beginning of time, according to the Bible.
- During his earthly life, his celestial splendor was briefly obscured by darkness.
- While on earth, John could declare, ″We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only born of the Father,″ referring to the glory of the Son of God (John 1:14).
On the mount of transfiguration, it’s possible that John was alluding to the splendour that occurred when ″Jesus was transfigured″ (Matt.17:2).Some believe that Jesus’ earthly humanity was the perfect example of what every man should strive to be, and that as a result, Jesus exalted God in his human form.
- During his final moments before the crucifixion, Jesus begged the Father to ″glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was″ (Matthew 27:51).
- (John 17:5).
- When Jesus was hanging on the cross, he was looking forward to his own glory and the joy that would accompany it (Heb.
12:2).The resurrection of Christ resulted in the exaltation of Jesus, ″as a result, God also has greatly elevated him, and given him’ a name that is above all names″ (Phil.2:9).Whereas Christ’s prior splendor in heaven was based on his person, this additional degree of glory is based on his accomplished work on the cross.It is fascinating to compare and contrast the appearances of Christ after his resurrection with the revelations of Christ after his ascension.In the prior occurrences, Christ had adequately concealed his splendor to the extent that he was frequently not recognized, as in the case of the disciples at Emmaus (Luke 24:16, 31), or Mary Magdalene, who was likewise unaware of his presence (John 20:14).
John, Paul, and Stephen all testified to the fact that he existed.No question existed in their minds that they were in the presence of a supernatural being.The distinction between John’s encounter with Christ in John 21 and the encounter with Christ in Revelation 1 was Christ’s glorification, which he acquired at his ascension.
The Exaltation of Christ
- Christ’s elevation to his new position of leadership was closely associated with his glory and was closely tied to it.
- David, in a messianic psalm, predicted of Christ’s elevation, writing, ″The Lord said unto my Lord, seat thou at my right hand till I make thine enemies thy footstool″ (The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool) (Ps.
This psalm was referenced by Peter in his discourse on the day of Pentecost, during which he discussed the resurrection of Jesus.He closed by emphasizing the importance of Jesus Christ as the Lord of all.″Therefore, let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has elevated that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, to the position of both Lord and Christ″ (Acts 2:36).
- The resurrection and ascension of Christ were also mentioned by the apostle Paul as evidence of his exaltation.
- Consequently, God has also raised him to a position beyond all others and given him a name that is above other names (Phil.
Those gathered around Jesus’ throne are bowing their heads in reverence.This is what they scream: ″Worthy is the Lamb″ (Rev.5:12).
The Entrance of Humanity Into Heaven
- In the words of Paul, ″to be absent from the body in order to be present with the Lord″ (2 Cor.
- This admission into heaven is only made possible because ″the forerunner, even Jesus, has entered for us″ (Hebrews 9:15).
(Heb.6:20).Jesus was the first man to enter heaven in a glorified form, and he was the first to do so.
- At the time of his ascension, Jesus was referred to as ″the man in the glory″ (Heb.
The Beginning of a New Ministry
- Ascending into heaven did not imply that Jesus was retiring from his mission on earth.
- He just added a new chore to the list of responsibilities.
- He had completed his mission of dying for the redemption of the world (John 19:30), but he now lives for the salvation of those who have trusted in him as their intercessor and advocate.
As a result of his position, Jesus is always interceding on behalf of Christians who are tempted to sin (Heb.7:25).He provides people with grace in order to avoid sinning.
- If they do succumb to temptation and sin on occasion, Jesus will act as their advocate before the Father in heaven (John 2:1).
- As a result, Christ forgives sins on the basis of his sacrifice and restores the Christian after he has sinned against him.
What the Ascension Accomplished
Everything that Jesus did had an influence on the life of the believer, and this was no exception. A multitude of benefits flow from Christ’s ascension, providing Christians with the opportunity to live a fulfilling life and provide effective service. The following chart lists some of the consequences of Christ’s ascension to the right hand of the Father.
The Results of the Ascension of Christ
- The sending of the Holy Spirit is described in John 16:7
- the bestowal of spiritual gifts is described in Ephesians 4:8
- and the imparting of spiritual authority is described in Acts 1:8.
- The preparation of a heavenly house – John 14:3
- the position of the believer – Romans 8:29
- the preparation of a heavenly home
The Sending of the Holy Spirit
- If Christ had not ascended to the heavenly realm, we would not have the ministry of the Holy Spirit for the church, as we have today.
- Jesus stated that the ″Comforter″ will be sent by both the Father (John 14:26) and himself (John 15:20).
- This was impossible for him to do during his earthly career.
He continued: ″Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go: for if I do not depart, the Comforter will not come vnto you; but if I depart, the Comforter will come toward you″ (John 16:7).This promise was reiterated by Jesus on the final’recorded’ meeting with his disciples on the last day of his ascension, which occurred on the previous day (Acts 1:5).A little more than ten days later, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples with overwhelming force (Acts 2:1-4).
- Today, the Holy Spirit resides within every Christian (1 Corinthians 6:19) and assists people in living their lives for God (Gal.
The Giving of Spiritual Gifts
- Not only does a person get the Holy Spirit, but he also obtains his or her spiritual gift(s) when they are saved (1 Cor.
- 12:11; 1 Pet.
A spiritual talent is a capacity to serve God that was given to us by Christ at the beginning of our lives.″When he climbed to the highest heavens, he brought captives captive and bestowed blessings upon humanity″ (Eph.4:8).
- After a Christian has been rescued, he or she must identify and cultivate his or her gift(s) in order to be of greater service (1 Cor.12:1, 32).
- Three lists of gifts are contained within the Bible (Rom.
- 12; 1 Cor.
12; Eph.4).According to the last chapter of Mark’s Gospel, God bestowed some particular powers to the nine apostles as a means of validating their teaching.Most academics believe that they were just brief signs provided to unbelieving Jews, and that they were presented largely as a warning to them (1 Cor.1:22).The Bible advises the Christian to pursue ″the best gifts with all of one’s heart″ (1 Cor.12:31).
Everyone should strive to use their gift or gifts in a way that brings glory to God.There may be further gifts that God bestows on humans that are not explicitly mentioned in the Bible.The exact number of gifts is not universally accepted by Bible scholars, because the reference to spiritual gifts in Ephesians 4 appears to refer to the positions that certain gifted people fill in the church rather than to the gift or gifts themselves.For example, the reference to spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 appears to refer to the positions that certain gifted people fill in the church rather than to the gift or gifts themselves.A pastor, for example, may be endowed with the abilities of teaching, encouragement, knowledge, and faith.
The Imparting of Spiritual Power
- The gift of spiritual strength to Christ’s disciples was a third blessing of his ascension, which occurred after his resurrection.
- ″Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye are endued with strength from on high,″ Jesus instructed his followers to do after hearing the call to follow him (Luke 24:49).
- On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were given the spiritual authority to bear witness to Jesus’ resurrection.
As they continued to be filled with the Holy Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit was constantly present in their life.This spiritual force is available to every believer today in the same way that God used it to enable Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven (Eph.1:19, 20).
- In giving ourselves over to God (Rom.
- 12:1) and receiving the Holy Spirit (Eph.
- 5:18), we will be better able to witness and live our lives for the Lord.
The Preparation of a Heavenly Home
- The preparing of heaven for Christians is a fourth outcome of Christ’s ascension, and it is the most significant.
- ″There are many mansions in my Father’s home,″ Jesus explained.
- ″If this were not the case, I would have informed you.″ ″I’m going to set up a location for you″ (John 14:2).
We must presume that when Jesus ascended to his Father’s house, he began preparing the dwelling places for his Father’s family.Because of the ascension, there would be no space prepared for people who place their faith in Christ as their Savior.
The Standing of the Believer
- When Jesus climbed to his Father’s right hand, those who place their faith in him as Savior also ascended with him. We have been ″raised up together in Christ Jesus″ and have ″become one flesh in heavenly regions in Christ Jesus″ (Eph. 2:6). In the same way that Jesus was elevated during his ascension, the Christian is exalted and stands before God as a result of Christ’s ascension as well. This is a practical application of the relationship that every believer has with Jesus Christ. The following two tabs alter the content of the section below. Bio
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What Really Happened in the Ascension of Jesus?
- The ascension of Jesus represents Christ’s transfer from earth to heaven following his life, ministry, death, and resurrection.
- It is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.
- The ascension is described in the Bible as a passive event in which Jesus was ″taken up″ into heaven.
God the Father raised the Lord to his right hand in heaven as a result of Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father.What’s more, Jesus told his disciples that he would soon pour forth the Holy Spirit on them and inside them when he ascended into heaven.
Question for Reflection
Jesus’ ascension into heaven made it possible for the Holy Spirit to come and indwell His disciples on earth. Realizing that God himself, in the form of the Holy Spirit, resides inside me as a believer is an awe-inspiring realization. Is it possible for me to take full use of this opportunity to learn more about Jesus and to live a life that pleases God?
- In the following passages: Mark 16:19-20
- Luke 24:36-53
- Acts 1:6-12
- and 1 Timothy 3:16
- the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven is described.
The Ascension of Jesus Story Summary
- According to God’s plan of redemption, Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of the world, died, and rose from the grave three days after his death.
- Following his resurrection, Christ appeared to his followers on a number of occasions.
- The Mount of Olives, just outside of Jerusalem, was the site of Jesus’ summoning of his eleven apostles forty days following his resurrection.
The disciples, still not fully grasping the fact that Christ’s messianic mission had been spiritual rather than political in nature, inquired of Jesus whether he intended to restore the kingdom of Israel to their possession.They were dissatisfied with Roman domination and may have fantasized about overthrowing the Roman Empire.They asked Jesus about the times and dates that the Father had fixed by his own power.
- Jesus said, ″It is not for you to know the times and dates that the Father has set by his own authority.″ However, when the Holy Spirit descends upon you, you will be anointed with authority, and you will go out throughout all of Judea and Samaria, as well as to the ends of the world, to bear testimony for me.
- (Acts 1:7-8, New International Version) Then Jesus was lifted up into the clouds, and they were no longer able to see him.
- While the disciples were staring up into the sky, two angels clad in white robes approached them and inquired as to why they were looking up into the sky.
The angels declared: This same Jesus, who has been carried away from you and ascended into heaven, will return in the same manner in which you have witnessed him ascend into heaven.(Acts 1:11, New International Version) Following that, the disciples returned to Jerusalem and convened a prayer meeting in an upper apartment where they had been sleeping while in the city.
Points of Interest
- The ascension of Jesus to the right hand of the Father is one of the accepted doctrines of Christianity. Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and now sits at God the Father’s right hand, according to the Creeds of the Apostles, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed. During Jesus’ ascension into heaven, a cloud obscured him from view. An example of this is found in the book of Exodus, where a pillar of cloud guided the Jews as they journeyed through the desert
- another example is found in Isaiah, where a cloud symbolizes God’s power and glory.
- There are two other recorded human ascensions in the Old Testament, in the lives of Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:1–2)
- the ascension of Jesus allowed eyewitnesses to see both the victorious, eternal King returning to heaven to rule on his throne at the right hand of God the Father for all eternity. Jesus Christ’s ability to bridge the gap between the human and divine realms is demonstrated once more in this event.
- Earlier, Jesus had promised his followers that the Holy Spirit would descend upon them and fill them with power once he ascended into heaven.
- They received the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost.
- Today, every born-again believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who empowers them to live the Christian life by imparting wisdom and strength.
Throughout his final commandment, Jesus instructed his disciples to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the furthest reaches of the world.The gospel was first brought to the Jews, then to the Samaritans, who were a mix of Jewish and mixed-race people, and last to the Gentiles.Every Christian has a responsibility to share the good news of Jesus with those who have not yet heard it.
- By way of the ascension, Jesus returned to heaven, where he now serves as the believer’s advocate and intercessor at the right hand of the Father, as described in the Bible (Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews.
- His mission on this planet had been successfully completed.
As a result of his adoption into the human race, he will eternally remain completely God and entirely man in his exalted condition.This is the accomplished work of Christ’s sacrifice (Hebrews 10:9–18) and the completion of his substitutionary atonement.Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is now and forever elevated above all creation, deserving of our adoration and allegiance (Philippians 2:9-11).Hebrews 6:19–20 describes the ascension as the ultimate phase in Jesus’ victory over death, which made eternal life possible.The angels foretold that Jesus would return in his glorified form, in the same manner in which he had gone.However, instead of sitting about waiting for the Second Coming, we should be getting on with the task that Christ has given us.
- The Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary (page 439)
- The Lexham Bible Dictionary
- The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (page 123)
- The Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary (page 439).
- 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.
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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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.
What is Ascension Day and how is it marked?
Christians all across the world are commemorating Ascension Day today. Despite the fact that the festival is celebrated as a public holiday in more than a dozen nations (although, unfortunately, not in the United Kingdom), it has a very low reputation outside of the church. So, what exactly is it all about?
What is Ascension Day?
- According to the Bible, Jesus traveled and taught with his disciples for 40 days following his resurrection on Easter Sunday, preparing them for his departure from Earth.
- When Jesus really ascended into heaven in front of his followers in the hamlet of Bethany, near Jerusalem, it is celebrated on this day as Ascension Day.
- According to Acts, Christ’s final goodbye to his followers includes a command to them to preach the word of God as well as an assurance that he will return for the Second Coming, a day of judgment in which the righteous will be saved and the wrongdoers would be punished.
″Immediately after saying this, he was snatched up before their own eyes, and a cloud concealed him from their sight,″ according to the Bible.The two guys clad in white suddenly appeared beside them, and they looked up into the sky intently as he passed them.The men of Galilee questioned them, ‘Why are you standing here staring up into the sky?’ This same Jesus, who has been carried away from you into heaven, will return to you in the same manner in which you have witnessed him ascend into heaven.’
When is Ascension Day?
- Ascension Day is observed on the sixth Thursday following Easter, which is precisely 40 days after Easter Sunday, by Christians of all denominations and traditions.
- Ascension Day will be celebrated one week later in the Orthodox Church than in the Catholic and Protestant churches, due to the fact that the Eastern Orthodox Church calculates the date using the ancient Julian calendar rather than the current Gregorian calendar.
How is it observed?
- The Feast of the Ascension is not a prominent celebration in most Protestant congregations, but it is one of the Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church, which means that Christians are required to attend Mass on this day.
- Some Catholic dioceses now celebrate Ascension Day on the Sunday after the usual Thursday date, in order to accommodate more parishioners who might otherwise be unable to attend services.
- ″Catholics are invited to spend the day in prayer and contemplation, as they would on any other Holy Day of Obligation,″ adds Thought Company.
Historically, a parade with torches and banners was held to commemorate the occasion.Catholic Culture describes the custom as continuing ″in some regions of Germany and central Europe,″ where ″the faithful go across fields and meadows with prayer and singing, preceded by lights and a cross, and the priest blesses each parcel of ground,″ according to the publication.The Feast of Pentecost is celebrated by Christians all over the world nine days after Ascension Day, and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on a gathering of early Christians, endowing them with the sudden ability to speak many languages and thus enabling them to preach to peoples from many different countries.
- As a result, the church readings for the time from Ascension Day to Pentecost emphasize the need of devotion to spreading Christ’s word as well as the promise of eternal redemption at Christ’s Second Coming.
- In Germany, Ascension Thursday falls on the same day as Father’s Day, also known as Men’s Day, which has been celebrated since the 18th century as a means to commemorate Jesus’ return to the Father.
- ″Traditionally, men would be bundled into a cart or carriage and driven to the town or village square, where the proud father who had produced the most number of offspring would be awarded a gift from the mayor, which was usually a large piece of ham,″ according to Der Spiegel magazine.
By the 19th century, colorful parades celebrating the apostles’ journey had become commonplace, although the day had altered over the years.And, according to the German weekly magazine, ″by the twentieth century, it had evolved into its modern incarnation: the Day of Drink.″
Dispersion of the Apostles – Wikipedia
- According to the Christian Gospels of Mark and Matthew, following Jesus’ ascension, his Apostles ″went forth and preached everywhere.″ This is described in Mark 16:19 and 20, as well as Matthew 28:19 and 20, among other places.
- In accordance with a legend related by Eusebius, they dispersed around the world in different directions.
- For many centuries, the Dispersion of the Apostles was commemorated as a liturgical celebration to remember their missionary activity and the establishment of apostolic sees around the world.
This yearly feast, which took place on July 15th, was a huge double in terms of attendance.The Dispersal is depicted in the Acts of the Apostles, the canonical sequel to the Gospel of Luke, as occurring a significant amount of time after the ascension, with the ministry remaining in Jerusalem at first and spreading from there, beginning with the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch, according to the Gospel of Luke.
The dispersion of the Apostles
According to Book 3 of Eusebius’ Church History, the holy apostles and disciples of our Saviour were distributed across the globe during this time.According to legend, Thomas was assigned Parthia as his area of labor, Andrew was assigned Scythia, and Asia was assigned John, who, after having spent some time in Asia, died in Ephesus, according to tradition.Peter appears to have preached to the Jews of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Bithynia, Cappadocia, and Asia, according to historical evidence.And at long last, after arriving in Rome, he was crucified head-downwards, as he had asked to be treated in this manner.So, what exactly do we have to say about Paul, who traveled from Jerusalem to Illyricum preaching the Gospel of Christ before being executed as a martyr in Rome under Nero’s reign?
- According to Origen, these events took place and are recounted in the third volume of his Commentary on Genesis.
- Commentary by Arthur Cushman McGiffert: According to Lipsius, the traditions of the apostles’ labors in other places were all initially related with the legend of their separation at Jerusalem, which dates back to the second century.
- However, other traditions have assigned different dates to this separation, ranging from immediately after the Ascension to twenty-four years later, depending on the tradition.
- Several lost books, including the Liber qui appellatus sortes Apostolorum apocryphus, referred to by the Decretum Gelasii as Liber qui appellatus sortes Apostolorum apocryphus, were thought to have contained the original tradition as well as an account of the fate of the apostles, and were most likely of Gnostic or Manichean origin.
- Even the most determined efforts to glean reliable information about the apostles themselves from the various traditions have proven nearly completely futile.
- The various traditions not only ascribe diverse fields of labor to the individual apostles, but they also provide a variety of lists of the apostles themselves, which can be confusing.
- Please refer to Lipsius’ entry on the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, which may be found in Smith and Wace’s Dictonary of Christ.
- 17 sqq., Biog.
I; P.17 sqq, Biog.II.The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol.VIII, p.
361 sqq., contains translations of the existing Apocryphal Gospels, Acts, Apocalypses, and other works.According to Lipsius, the apostles were divided into three groups, according to the oldest form of the tradition: first, Peter and Andrew, Matthew and Bartholomew, who were said to have preached in the region of the Black Sea; second, Thomas, Thaddeus, and Simeon, the Canaanite, who were said to have preached in Parthia; and third, John and Philip, who were said to have preached in Asia Minor.Baronius believed that the slaying of James, son of Zebedee, and the subsequent departure of Peter ″to another region″ were the catalysts for this dispersion of the Apostles, a notion that was refuted by Friedrich Spanheim and others.
As early as 1098, a certain Godescalc (d.1098) was a monk in Limburg on the Haardt, and while there, he penned a sequence for the Dispersion of the Apostles, which is unquestionably authentic.He also established this feast at Aachen, where he served as provost of the Church of Our Lady.Godescalc was a close follower of Henry IV, and it is likely that he was responsible for instituting this feast in the Church of Our Lady as a means of propaganda against Pope Gregory VII, with whom Henry was in direct competition during the Investiture Controversy.Godescalc was a follower of Henry IV.
- When it comes to later mentions, it is in the 13th century by William Durandus, Bishop of Mende (Rationale Divina Officia 7.15) in the second part of the thirteenth century.
- Over the course of the Middle Ages, it was commemorated under the titles ″Dimissio,″ ″Dispersio,″ and ″Divisio Apostolorum″ and celebrated across Europe, particularly in France, Spain, Italy, the Low Countries, and, to a lesser extent, Germany’s northern half.
- It is also referenced as feast ″duplex minus″ in the 1583 ″Order of Service for the Monastery of St.
- Gall,″ which is a service for the Monastery of St.
- Godescalcus explains that the purpose of the feast was to remember the departure (dispersion) of the Apostles from Jerusalem to various regions of the globe, maybe fourteen years after Jesus’ ascension and apparently in response to the Great Commission (Mark 16:14–20, Matthew 28:18–20).
- The (apocryphal) division of the relics (bodies) of St.
- Peter and St.
- Paul by St.
Sylvester was celebrated on this day, according to Durandus, by some of his contemporaries on the Feast of the ″Divisio Apostolorum,″ according to Durandus.Several missionary societies in Germany and Poland, as well as a few English and French dioceses, as well as the ecclesiastical provinces of St.Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Dubuque, and Santa Fé, continued to observe the feast with solemnity in 1909, according to an article by Frederick Holweck published in that year in volume 5 of the Catholic Encyclopedia.The feast was not included in the Tridentine Calendar, nor in any subsequent version of the General Roman Calendar, and it is still not recognized today.The correct Office for this feast is consigned to the ″Pro Aliquibus Locis,″ or ″For Other Places,″ section of the service schedule.
According to some sources, the feast is held on July 15th and is titled ″The Division of the Apostles,″ and it has a rank of Double.In all but the proper Nocturns for Matins, this rubric is taken from the Common Office, as well as the following Prayer, which is recited throughout the day: O GOD, Who hast been pleased to bring us to know Thy Name through the means of Thy blessed Apostles, grant us the grace to honor their everlasting glory both by our own progress and by the same honoring also to progress: By the grace of our Lord.
- Early centers of Christianity
- A b The Church History of Eusebius, translated with prolegomena and annotations by Arthur Cushman McGiffert, book III, chapter I
- a b Spanheim, Friedrich
- a c Spanheim, Friedrich
- a b Spanheim, Friedrich (1829). The Ecclesiastical Annals span the period from the beginning of Scripture History through the time of the Reformation. Dispersion of the Apostles (Catholic Encyclopedia) by J. Smith
- a b c ″Catholic Encyclopedia: Dispersion of the Apostles″. retrieved on the 27th of September, 2020
- Michael McGrade is the author of this work (1996). ″Gottschalk of Aachen, the Investiture Controversy, and Music for the Feast of the ″Divisio apostolorum″″ are some of the topics covered in this article. JAMS 49 (3): 351–408. doi:10.1525/jams.1996.49.3.03a00020.
- Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart
- Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart
- Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart (1908). It contains the Roman Breviary, which was reformed by order of the Holy Ecumenical Council of Trent, which was published by order of Pope St. Pius V., and which was revised by Popes Clement VIII, Urban VIII, and Leo XIII
- as well as the Offices since granted and the Martyrology, which is contained in Volume 3 – Summer of that year. W. Blackwood & Sons, Ltd., Edinburgh.
The nature of God and Jesus in Christianity
- Christians believe in the Trinity – one God who is all-loving and all-powerful, manifested in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – as the source of all truth and goodness. All were there at the beginning of time, and they each play a unique function in the development of the world.
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- As a Christian, you believe in the resurrection because you believe Jesus rose from the dead three days after he was killed on the cross. Several passages in the Gospel of Luke (24:1–9) provide insight into how Jesus’ followers learned that he had been resurrected: On the Sunday following Jesus’ death, his female disciples went to his tomb to pay their respects
- a stone had been placed in front of the tomb’s entrance. However, the stone had been pushed aside, and the tomb was now empty
- two men dressed in sparkling garments appeared to the women and spoke to them. The ladies were terrified, but the men questioned them, saying, ″Why are you looking for the live among the dead?″ He is not present
- he has ascended into the heavens! Remember what he said to you when he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be given into the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be risen again’ (Luke 24:5–7).
- The female followers then returned to Jesus’ apostles and other people to inform them that Jesus had risen from the grave.
- Many Christians place a high value on their belief in the resurrection because: the resurrection demonstrates that Jesus beat death
- the resurrection demonstrates that Jesus defeated sin and death
- and the resurrection demonstrates that Jesus defeated sin and death.
- It is seen as evidence of the continuation of life after death.
- Aside from that, the resurrection serves as evidence of God’s supreme power and generosity.
St.Paul emphasizes the importance of believing in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in the biblical book 1 Corinthians, which is written by the apostle Paul.He adds that he personally saw Jesus after his resurrection, and that Jesus appeared to the apostles as well as over 500 other people during that time period.The apostle Paul then informs the audience that Jesus’ resurrection offers the possibility of life beyond death: If it is proclaimed that Christ has been risen from the dead, how can some of you claim that there is no such thing as a resurrected body?Even if there is no resurrection of the dead, it is unlikely that Christ has been risen from the grave.
- And if Christ has not been risen from the dead, our message, as well as your faith, is pointless.
- 15:12–14; 1 Corinthians 15:12–14 Jesus was reborn after he died on the cross, according to the question.
- Is this true or 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.
- As far as we know, Jesus has returned to life in the same physical shape and at the same stage in his life as he was when he died.
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Why did Jesus Rise on the Third Day?
By Derek Hiebert 1 year ago
Why did Jesus Rise on the Third Day?
For centuries, the Christian church has observed the resurrection of Jesus Christ on a Sunday, three days after commemorating his death on Good Friday.This practice has continued today.According to multiple passages in the New Testament, this timetable of three days is accurate.Many times, Jesus foretold it, and the apostles included it in their delivery of the gospel message as well (see footnote references).However, why did Jesus’ resurrection take place three days after his death is a mystery.
- According to eyewitnesses, it appears that Jesus might have risen one day, two days, or even four days after his death and the resurrection would still be considered historically credible.
- Is the third day only a coincidental, insignificant element put on to the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection?
- Is this a coincidence, or does it have any significance?
The Third Day Matters
Timing is extremely important for Jesus and his apostles because it has significant theological ramifications.When it comes to biblical story, the three-day timeframe is important because it represents the one-of-a-kind day on which God creates new life and activates his covenant with mankind.How did the writers of the New Testament get at this conclusion?After all, the Hebrew Scriptures have a constant ″third day″ design pattern, which Jesus and the New Testament authors are using as a model.Investigating this pattern for ourselves can help us gain a better understanding of the Easter celebration.
The Third Day Pattern in the Hebrew Bible
The passages Jonah 1:17 and Hosea 6:1-2 in the Hebrew Scriptures are among the clearest illustrations of third-day resurrection in the whole Bible.Jesus used Jonah’s three days in the belly of the huge fish as a metaphor for his own three days in the belly of the great fish.The prophet Hosea predicted that God’s reviving operation for Israel would take place on the third day.While these are important passages to study, the pattern of resurrection on the third day is established far earlier in the tale of Jesus.There are three passages earlier in the Hebrew Bible’s narrative that begin to develop a pattern of new life emerging on the third day: the creation narrative in Genesis 1, Abraham’s test in Genesis 22, and the Israelites at Sinai in Exodus 19.
- The creation narrative in Genesis 1 and Abraham’s test in Genesis 22 both begin to develop a pattern of new life emerging on the third day.
The First “Resurrection”
What is the location of the initial glimpse into the three-day significance?The first page of the Bible.The creation story in Genesis 1 is written in the style of a poetry, with repeated declarations and parallelism between events.Within the rhythm of these repeats, two events in the creation tale stand out as particularly noteworthy, each occurring at a three-day interval and occurring at different points in the narrative.During the first ″third day,″ God creates dry ground and enables flora to emerge from the soil, including plants that produce seeds as well as trees that give fruit for human use (1:11-13).
- The image depicted here is of fresh life sprouting or rising up from the earth, which represents a place of non-existence or death in this case.
- The second ″third day″ event occurs on the sixth day of creation, when God produces animals and human beings for the first time (1:24).
- It is similar to the previous ″third day,″ in that the earth will give birth to live creatures, according to the scripture (1:24-27).
- Humans were produced from the dust of the earth, according to what we learn later in the book (2:7).
- This is another example of how new life may be sprung from the earth.
- Take note of the parallels between humans and trees: both are newly generated from the ground (2:7, 9), both carry seeds and produce fruit (1:11, 28; 3:15), and both are made in this manner on the third day of creation.
- One thing that distinguishes people from other animals, however, is that they are created in God’s image, and that God enters into a covenant with human beings, blessing and instructing them in their behavior.
A Pattern Emerges
There are three major characteristics of the ″third day″ events in Genesis 1 that serve as a template for subsequent events:
- God brings new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- God establishes his covenant with the creatures he has newly created, in this case humans (1:28-29)
- God creates new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- God creates new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- God creates new life where there was once only death (1:11-13
- In Eden, which we understand to be a lofty site from which a river runs out (2:10-14), the event takes place.
It is impossible to emphasize the significance of this picture and pattern, since it serves as a precedent for future resurrections to come.
Abraham’s Test on the Third Day
Is there any other place where this pattern can be found?Abraham is put to the test by God in yet another ″third day″ occurrence, which is one of the most interesting events in all of Scripture (Genesis 22:1-19).When God commands Abraham to present his only son Isaac as a burned offering on a mountain, the Bible states that Abraham spotted the location from a distance on the third day and proceeded to complete the test (22:4).God wants Abraham to learn to put his confidence in him when it comes to the covenant and the blessing of offspring in this scenario.Ultimately, God is responsible for providing the sacrifice and bringing his covenant’s intentions to completion.
- The connection to the ″third day″ idea is established by a strikingly vivid act of atonement performed by God, in which he substitutes a ram for Isaac (22:13-14).
- We learn that this deed is part of a bigger covenant endeavor to increase Abraham’s descendants and, through them, bless the nations, which we will discuss later (22:17-18).
- On the third day, we notice the same trend as we did on the first:
- God working to bring fresh life, in this case to Isaac by his life being spared and to Abraham with the return of his son (22:11-14).
- (Genesis 22:17-18) God confirms his bond with Abraham, using language and ideas identical with Genesis 1:28
- (22:2, 14) This event takes place on the summit of a mountain.
Israel’s Third Day at Sinai
At a critical moment in the Bible’s narrative, we discover still another occurrence taking place on the third day.With his people just delivered from decades of tyranny in Egypt, Yahweh is on the verge of entering into another covenant w