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Christ's Ascension (2 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: This evening, we will pick up our study of the book of Acts with (vv. 9-11). You will remember our first lesson last week with Luke's opening statement to Theophilus. He discussed the suffering of Christ, His resurrection and then His instructions to the disciples. They were to wait in Jerusalem until the promise of the Father had been fulfilled. In (vv. 4, 5), it says, And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
In (vs. 8) we see the Lord's commission to His disciples: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
As soon as the Lord had spoken to His disciples, He was taken up into heaven. With that, we have two points this evening:
I. His Ascension into Heaven
II. His Promise to Come Again
I. HIS ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN
A. He Ascended Visibly (vs. 9)
1. The Bible says the disciples "beheld" Him as He was taken up into a cloud. What an amazing sight that must have been. How privileged the disciples were to witness such an event. Have you ever stopped to think about why the Lord made such a dramatic exit? He could have simply walked away, and later disappeared into heaven, but He chose to let those closest to Him see Him leave. I see two important things in His visible ascension:
a. It reminded the disciples of His promise
1) Remember, Jesus had promised them in John, chapter 14, that He would go and prepare a place for them and then return again. In John 14:1-3, He said, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, ...
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