Intro to Acts: Jesus Ascends
Speaker: Tom Leonard, November 4, 2018
1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4And, 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. 5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8But 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. 9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11Which 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. (KJV)
34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. (KJV)
38For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (KJV)
3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (KJV)
24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (KJV)
12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. (KJV)
7Nevertheless 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. (KJV)
24For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (KJV)
33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (KJV)
28Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. (KJV)
5But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? (KJV)
4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (KJV)
Intro to Acts: Jesus Ascends
Main Point: Because Jesus ascended we can live in the power of the Promised Spirit and witness to His resurrection!
1. Jesus’ ascension marked the completion and acceptance by God of Jesus’ work of redemption. John 4:34; 6:38
> Hebrews 1:3b ‘After He provided purification for sins, He sent down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.’
*Jesus’ finished work has brought us forgiveness and redemption. > Romans 3:24-25
>This is why Luke records Peter’s words in Acts 4:12…
2. The ascension inaugurated the giving of the promised Spirit. verse 4. Jesus taught John 14:16-20; 16:7
> *So important Jesus tells them to wait for the Spirit.
What does the Spirit do? Let’s look at scriptures of the promise – Ezekiel 36:24-27; Jeremiah 31:33
*This is the transforming of our minds and hearts we need for holy living and empowered witness!
3. Jesus ascension marked the return of the Lord Jesus to the Father - to the Glory He had before with the Father.
*Glory = full of honor, praise, worship
John 14:28; 16:5; 17:4-5
*We are to look forward to His return, but be focused on the
mission He’s given us!