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129: Jesus Ascends to God the Father

May 15, 2009

Major Text: Luke 24:44-53

Harmony Texts:

Luke 24:44-49                                                            Acts 1:3-8
Mark 16:19-20            Luke 24:50-53                 Acts 1:9-12

Outline:

  1. His Final Instruction Luke 24:44-49
  2. His Special Blessing Luke 24:50-51
  3. Their Continuous Worship Luke 24:52

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus and His disciples are now back in Jerusalem. Jesus is doing some “last minute” teaching reiterating what He said prior to His death and resurrection and stating that all Scripture relating to Him must be fulfilled. Jesus opens their minds so they now understand what they failed to understand prior to His death. He reminds them of prophesies that told them He must suffer and rise from the dead after three days. He also reminds them of His commission to preach the Gospel and to preach repentance and forgiveness of sin. His disciples are to be His witnesses, waiting for the Holy Spirit.

Jesus then leads them to the Mount of Olives where He blesses them and ascends to the Father. The disciples worship Him and return to Jerusalem to continue worshipping Him. This is the second time we read about the disciples worshipping Him. The first was when He appeared to them in Galilee on the mountain.

Lessons/Applications:

We are to preach His Truth.
We are to be filled with His Spirit.
We are to worship Him as Lord and Savior.

What has happened is according to God’s Divine Plan. It was His Will
What is to happen is also according to God’s Divine Plan.

We have received His Blessing.
We have received His Word.
Therefore
We are to be His Witnesses.
We are to carry on His Work.
We are to live His Way.
We are to live with Joy,
With His Peace.
We are to live in the Hope of Heaven,
The Hope of His Kingdom to come.

We have received His riches, therefore we are to share it with our neighbors.

Listen, Accept, Understand, and Worship Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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