The Ascension of Jesus

Mark 16:19-20

The Ascension of Jesus

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Jesus appeared several times to His disciples after He rose from the dead. He worked miracles. He taught them to do all the things they had been learning about. A month after He died and rose again, Jesus left earth and went to heaven.

Jesus led His disciples outside of Jerusalem to Bethany. This was where His friends Lazarus, Martha and Mary lived. All His followers were around Him. He lifted His hands and blessed them. Then He told them to go straight back to Jerusalem. They should wait there for what the Father had promised.

Jesus said, “John baptized with water. You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be My witnesses here and even to the farthest corners of the earth.”

Then, an amazing thing happened.

Jesus was taken up to heaven! He rose higher and higher until He disappeared into a cloud. The disciples looked at each other. They had see none miracle after another. Now this had been the greatest of all! Jesus, crucified then risen, now taken up to heaven to be with His Father.

Jesus’ disciples stared at the sky. Then two men dressed in white came and stood beside them. “Men of Galilee, why are you looking into the sky? Jesus has gone from you into heaven. He will come back again in the same way He left.”

They went back to Jerusalem full of joy. They went straight to the temple and sang praises to God. Some wondered about this place Jesus had gone to, heaven. They remembered He had said, “Don’t worry. Believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. Soon I will go and make them ready for you.” And that is why Jesus went back to heaven.