The Ascension of Christ
The Acts of the Apostles
Key points in the life of Christ:
The Incarnation His birth
The Baptism The ministry beginning
The Transfiguration The affirmation
The Crucifixion The sacrifice
The Resurrection The culmination
The Ascension The coronation
Key points about the Ascension:
1.) We don’t make enough of this day!
a. After Easter
b. On a weekday
2.) Luke shows this as an actual, historical event; Luke 24:50-53
a. Place – Bethany
b. People – The Apostles (different from the Disciples,
Apostles were followers who saw the resurrected Christ.)
c. Point in time – 40 Days after Jesus’ resurrection
3.) Luke shows this as an important spiritual event
a. A specific conclusion to Jesus’ earthly ministry
b. Special significance to his actions
i. Bethany – place of His anointing
– home of His friends
- place of Lazarus’ resurrection
ii. Blessing – “Jesus raised his hands and blessed them”
c. Sign that the Spirit would now come.
4.) Luke shows us this is a practical event
a. Gives testimony to His return
b. Tells us what Jesus is doing now – “Seated at the right hand of the Father”.
c. Challenges us to be ready for His glorious second coming!
i. Don’t just stand there!
ii. Be filled with joy!
iii. Live with an eternal perspective!