The ascension of Jesus Christ Prerequisite for Pentecost, the hour of birth of the church.
Forty days after Easter, Christians around the world celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ. During these 40 days, Jesus appeared to his disciples again and again, once even more than 500! People at once (Fata Morgana ??) and talked to them about the kingdom of God. The apostle Paul writes (1 Corinthians 15: 6: “Afterwards he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still alive today, but some have fallen asleep”). When the risen Jesus said goodbye to his disciples, he said to them: You will receive the power of the Holy Spirit who will come upon you and will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth . Before his crucifixion he had announced this to them (John 16: 5ff):
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
After he had finished talking to them, he was lifted up in front of their eyes and taken in by a cloud (symbolic of God’s presence). While they were still watching him, two angels stood in front of them and said: “What are you standing there looking at heaven? This Jesus, who was received by you in heaven, will come again just as you saw him go up to heaven.”
To the Bible text:
Ascension of Christ
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