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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

Efeziërs 4:7–8 LEB
Now to each one of us was given this grace, according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “Ascending on high he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men.”
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Jesus Christ looks forward to his ascension as his return to his Father

Johannes 16:28 LEB
I have gone out from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”
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Jesus Christ establishes his kingdom by his ascension

He ascended to send the Holy Spirit

Johannes 16:7 LEB
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go away. For if I do not 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

Johannes 14:2–4 LEB
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places; but if not, I would have told you, because I am going away to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am, you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.”

He ascended to exaltation and glory

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He ascended to exercise his high priestly ministry

Hebreeën 4:14 LEB
Therefore, because we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.
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He ascended so that believers may follow him

1 Tessalonicenzen 4:17 LEB
Then we who are alive, who remain, will be snatched away at the same time together with them in the clouds for a meeting with the Lord in the air, and thus we will be together with the Lord always.

Jesus Christ’s ascension indicates the manner of his return

Handelingen 1:11 LEB
who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand there looking into the sky? This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven like this will come back in the same way you saw him departing into heaven!”
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