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40 Days After The Resurrection (9 of 10)
Series: 40 DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
November 13, 2002
I want you to turn to Acts chapter 1. We've been in Acts chapter one the last few weeks and tonight we're continuing to study the 40 days that Jesus spent with his disciples. Last week we were talking about the infallible proof of the resurrection. Tonight we want to look at the ascension of Jesus. This will be the last in the series of 40 Days of Purpose messages on Wednesday nights. For several Wednesday nights we've been talking about what Jesus did in between the time of his resurrection and the time of his ascension. And so we've looked at several appearances of Jesus to his disciples during those 40 days. Now tonight we want to look at the meaning of the ascension of Jesus Christ. We know a great deal more about the crucifixion and the resurrection than we do about the ascension. But the ascension of Jesus is very important. Now many of us are familiar with verse 8. We'll look at it, "But ye shall receive power after that the Holy ghost is come upon you: and y shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth."
Now you're familiar with verse 8 where he gives the last of five commissions to the disciples. But in verse 9 there is a dramatic change. It says, "But when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Now this is one of the great events in the life of Christ that we don't talk too much about, but it, nevertheless, is very, very important. Now previously in the scripture two men ha ...
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