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Ascension of Jesus Christ

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The return of Jesus Christ to his Father in order to establish his kingdom, having completed his work on earth.

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Jesus Christ’s ascension described

As in the OT, the cloud symbolises God’s presence.
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Predictions of Jesus Christ’s ascension

In the OT

Ephesians 4:7–8 NIV
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”
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Jesus Christ looks forward to his ascension as his return to his Father

John 16:28 NIV
I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
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Jesus Christ establishes his kingdom by his ascension

He ascended to send the Holy Spirit

John 16:7 NIV
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
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He ascended to prepare a place for his people

John 14:2–4 NIV
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

He ascended to exaltation and glory

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He ascended to exercise his high priestly ministry

Hebrews 4:14 NIV
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
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He ascended so that believers may follow him

1 Thessalonians 4:17 NIV
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Jesus Christ’s ascension indicates the manner of his return

Acts 1:11 NIV
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
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