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The Amazing Ascension of Jesus - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
April 30, 2000
Now with the Crucifixion and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ behind us .....look with me this morning to Mark chapter 16! It is here that we read about "The Amazing Ascension of Jesus."
It seems today that the ascension of Jesus falls in the shadow of His Crucifixion and Resurrection. But though our Lord's ascension may fall in the shadow of these two great truths .. that doesn't mean it's any less strategic!
Now whenever you're studying the Bible .. you always want to ask three questions: What did it mean then? What does it mean now? And what does it mean to me personally? And by answering those three questions .. God's Word will become alive! God's Word will become relevant! And it will become practical!
What did it mean then? What does it mean now? And what does it mean to me personally? Now as you keep those questions in mind .. let's begin in Mark 16 as we think this morning about:
"The Amazing Ascension of Jesus"
Now when Mark says that Jesus was "received up" .. the word he uses here (?????????: ??????????) is one of those compound Greek words. The first word (ana) means "up." The Second word (lambano) means "to carry."
So after the crucifixion and resurrection .. the Bible tells us that Jesus was literally and physically carried up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God."
This same word is used in Acts 1.9, "Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight."
And then we read in Luke 24 ... that "while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven." (Luke 24.51)
Even Simon Peter .. the big fisherman spoke of the amazing ascension of Jesus in 1 Peter 3.21b-22, "... through the resurrection of Jesus Christ who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers ...
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