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Jesus Part Two

(XXX) JESUS FORETELLS HIS OWN DEATH

  • Jesus had a very special gift from God called prophecy.

  • This means that he could tell the future.

  • He did this regarding His own death before it happened (Luke 18:31-34).

  • He told His followers that He would be handed over to the Romans to be killed.

  • This would be done by His own people.

  • He told them that He would suffer a lot.

  • The Jewish people and the Romans would make fun of Him!

  • They would beat him with a whip.

  • They would spit on Him!

  • However, there would still be hope, because after they killed Him, He would rise again from the dead on the third day!

  • This teaches us a lesson.

  • We may have enemies and they may do some bad things to us.

  • But in the end, God will find a way for us to be rescued from their evil in this life or the one to come.

  • Remember, after we die and go to heaven, no one that does evil deeds can get in there to hurt us or make heaven a sad place (Revelation 21:4, 27).

  • There will only be joy and peace in heaven.

  • So those who die saved will be happy forever more.

  • Their enemies never can hurt them again!

(XXXI) ZACCHAEUS

  • In another story, the Bible tells us about a man named “Zacchaeus” (Luke 19:1-10).

  • He was a rich man and collecting taxes was his job.

  • He was very short in height, but he badly wanted to see Jesus!

  • The Bible says that his desire to see Jesus was so strong that he climbed up in a tree to see the Lord because he was too small to see over the crowd.

  • As Jesus was passing by He saw Zacchaeus and told him to come down out of the tree right away, because He wanted to come to his house!

  • Zacchaeus obeyed the Lord and came out of the tree immediately.

  • Then, he gladly welcomed Jesus to come home with him!

  • This upset the crowd, because they could not understand why Jesus would be seen with a sinful person.

  • However, Zacchaeus showed his true character, because the teachings of Jesus must have rubbed off on him.

  • He stood up and said in front of the crowd that he would immediately give half of his possessions to help the poor and if he cheated anybody, he would give them back four times as much as was taken.

  • This shows the repentance (i.e change) that Zacchaeus was showing the Lord.

  • Remember, in order to be saved, we must show the Lord that we are willing and committed to living a godly, Christian life (Luke 13:3).

  • Zacchaeus was showing this by what he said and the Lord was pleased with him.

  • So Jesus told them that salvation had come to Zacchaeus’ house and that he was a son of Abraham.

  • To be a son of Abraham means that God saw Zacchaeus as a faithful, righteous person.

  • Jesus said to the crowd that He came to seek and save the lost!

  • Zacchaeus and all mankind are lost until they make Jesus their Lord and Savior (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:24).

  • You must become a follower of Jesus as Zacchaeus did to be saved!

  • Even those in the crowd who criticized Zacchaeus were just as sinful as he was.

  • They too needed to repent like Zacchaeus did to be saved (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

  • So don’t be prejudiced against other people as Jesus can save anybody no matter what they have done in their pasts!

(XXXII) PAYING TAXES TO CAESAR

  • Another story the Bible tells us about is when some spies from the Jewish leadership were trying to trap Jesus with a question that would have gotten Him killed if He answered in the wrong way (Luke 20:20-26).

  • Remember, the Jewish people were under the power of the Roman government.

  • The Roman government was very brutal and would execute people very easily if they were provoked in any way.

  • One of the things they would execute people for was causing a rebellion which means they would kill the leader of those who refused to pay taxes.

  • So, the spies tried to trick Jesus into saying that it was alright not to pay the Roman government so they could have him arrested and killed.

  • Jesus was smarter than that.

  • He told someone to get a coin.

  • He asked them whose name and picture was on the coin?

  • Someone in the crowd said that it was Caesar’s name and picture on the coin.

  • Caesar would be considered the Roman president like Donald Trump is our president today!

  • Jesus told them that they were to give what belonged to Caesar back to Caesar and what belonged to God back to God (Matthew 22:21).

  • In other words, He was telling the people to pay their taxes and serve God as well.

  • The spies had no more tricks to try against Jesus so they remained quiet.

  • Their trick did not work.

  • They had nothing they could have brought to Caesar to have Jesus arrested and killed.

  • Jesus had won the day!

  • What do we learn from this lesson?

  • First, when you are old enough, you are to act like a good citizen in your country.

  • You should always obey the laws of the land and pay your taxes.

  • Taxes are important, because this is how we pay for schools, police, fire departments, and many more things you enjoy in this life and that protect us.

  • Second, we must also serve God.

  • Keep believing and obeying Him until you die and He will be pleased with you!

(XXXIII) THE POOR WIDOW'S OFFERING

  • Jesus teaches us a story about giving through a poor widow’s offering at the Temple (Luke 21:1-4).

  • He saw everyone giving gifts at the Temple as an offering to God.

  • There were rich people that gave many beautiful things.

  • However, Jesus was not impressed with them, because they were giving what they could spare and not really making a sacrifice.

  • Remember, God wants sacrifice from us when we are giving.

  • This means that we are giving up something we like or want to Him so that the needy people of the church can have something too (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

  • God tells us that if we are stingy with our giving to the church, then he will be stingy with us as well.

  • In other words, if you don’t give, then God won’t bless you when you are in need.

  • Now, returning to the story, the poor widow only gave 2 copper coins to the Temple offering.

  • The rich people gave things that were worth much more than the widow’s two coins.

  • However, Jesus was impressed with her offering and not the offerings of the rich people who gave what they could spare.

  • Jesus was impressed because these 2 coins were all she had.

  • This means she gave everything to God!

  • In fact, Jesus said that this poor widow gave more to God than all of the rich people did!

  • What do we learn from this story?

  • First, we learn that we must give to God.

  • This is a part of the worship service and is why we give every Sunday to the church.

  • Second, we give to the church so those Christians in need can have something when they ask.

  • Third, God does not care about the amount you give.

  • He cares about the amount of sacrifice.

  • Your gifts to God mean more when you are truly giving up something you really want or need or you are truly giving to help someone else out

(XXXIV) Judas' Betrayal

  • The Bible tells us about a sad moment in Jesus’ life (Luke 22:1-6).

  • One of Jesus’ 12 apostles would become a traitor.

  • His name was Judas Iscariot.

  • The chief priests and teachers of the Law were Jesus’ enemies and they were looking for a way to have him killed, but they had to do it in a sneaky way.

  • They were afraid that the Jewish people would be offended if they would have done something to Jesus in public.

  • So they had to find a traitor to set Jesus up for a fall.

  • They decided to pay Judas 30 pieces of silver to find a way to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was there (Matthew 26:13-15).

(XXXV) THE LAST SUPPER

  • Near the end of Jesus' life, we find a very important event that we call the “Last Supper” (Luke 22:7-38).

  • This last supper was the last Passover feast that Jesus and His 12 apostles would share before He died on the cross of Calvary.

  • Please remember that the Jewish people were told by God to celebrate the Passover feast as a reminder for Him delivering them from Egyptian slavery hundreds of years before this day in Jesus’ life!

  • In other words, the Passover was commanded to be kept way back in the time of Moses and the children of Israel escaping from Egypt!

  • During this last supper celebration, Jesus starts a new ceremony for Christians to keep until He comes back again for our salvation (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

  • We call this new ceremony the “Lord’s Supper” that we are to take every Sunday as Christians (Acts 20:7).

  • He showed us that we must offer a prayer of thanks, take bread, break it in pieces, and share it with each other.

  • He showed us we must do the same thing with the grape juice.

  • In other words, we are to take it and divide it up among ourselves and share it together (Luke 22:17).

  • The bread is symbolic of Jesus’ body that was sacrificed in death for us.

  • The grape juice symbolize his blood which was spilled for our sins; so that we can have forgiveness of them.

  • Jesus wants us to participate in the Lord’s Supper so that we remember the sacrifice of death that He has done for all Christians’ salvation!

  • We must take this ceremony very seriously, because God the Father is very upset if we are not focusing on Jesus while we do this or are not appreciative of the Lord’s death for us (1 Corinthians 11).

(XXXVI) JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

  • Before Jesus was arrested, He was alone with 3 of His apostles in a place called the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46; Matthew 25:36-46).

  • Those apostles were Peter, James, and John (Matthew 4:21).

  • He told His disciples to pray that the devil does not tempt them into doing something evil and he left them to pray alone just a short distance away.

  • He prayed 3 times that God would take the cup of suffering that was coming to Him in a moment when He would be tortured and crucified on the cross, but each time He prayed, He kept saying not my will, but yours be done!

  • In other words, He was telling God the Father that He didn’t want to die, but if God the Father wanted to have Him crucified to pay the price for our sins, He would go through with the crucifixion!

  • So, the Father’s answer was for Jesus to continue on His mission to die to for you and I!

  • He was very depressed about the suffering that He was about to go through, but an angel came and gave Him the strength to continue His mission of allowing Himself to be arrested and then crucified on the cross for you and I!

  • This is how much Jesus loves us.

  • He is a Friend who would give anything for us; even His life so that we can go to heaven!

  • Nobody will ever love you this much.

  • This is why it is so important to become a Christian.

  • To follow Jesus and obey Him is the least that we can do to say thank you for dying for us (Romans 12:1-2)!

(XXXVIII) JESUS IS ARRESTED IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

  • Unfortunately, after Jesus was finished with His prayers, the mob came to arrest Him at night (Luke 22:47-52).

  • They were carrying torches and lanterns to see their way (John 18:3).

  • The crowd was led by 1 of the 12 apostles called “Judas Iscariot” (Luke 22:47; Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:43-52; John 18:1-14).

  • The crowd had swords and clubs and they were sent from the Jewish leadership who were enemies of the Lord (Matthew 26:47).

  • Judas gave the crowd a sign in order to identify Jesus as the one to arrest.

  • The sign was that he would kiss Jesus so they could arrest him (Matthew 26:48).

  • He did so.

  • One of Jesus’ Apostles wanted to know if Jesus wanted to attack the mob with swords.

  • This was Peter.

  • Before Jesus could say anything, Peter cut off the ear of one of the mob whose name was Malchus (John 18:10).

  • Malcus was the servant of the high priest (Matthew 26:51).

  • Jesus told them to stop all of the violence, because those who live by the sword will die by sword (Matthew 26:52).

  • Instead of attacking His enemies, Jesus took Malchus’ right ear and healed it.

  • Jesus told them that He could have prayed to God for thousands of angels to come and fight for Him, but did not because it was God’s plan that He be arrested and crucified for our sins (Matthew 26:53).

  • So instead of fighting back, He decided to allow Himself to be arrested.

  • They arrested Jesus and took Him away.

  • All of Jesus’ followers ran away; leaving Him all alone (Matthew 26:56).

(XXXIX) JESUS IS MOCKED BY CAIAPHAS' GUARDS

  • After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was taken to Caiaphas to be judged (Luke 22:54-71).

  • While the soldiers were watching Him, they made fun of the Lord.

  • They said bad things about Him and they beat him while He was blindfolded.

  • One of the bad things they were saying was “Prophesy! Who hit you?”  

  • In other words, they were saying that since you can do miraculous things, you should be able to see who is hitting you while you are blindfolded!

  • This was a very cruel thing to say as they ganged up on the Lord and caused much pain and harm to Him (Luke 22:63-65)!

(XL) JESUS IS TRIED BEFORE CAIAPHAS

  • In the morning, Jesus was taken in front of the Jewish leadership, which is called the “Sanhedrin” (Luke 22:66-71).

  • They were led by Caiaphas, the High Priest.

  • They asked Jesus if He was the Messiah?

  • The Messiah means the Lord and Savior of the Jewish people!

  • Jesus told them that if He would tell them the answer, they would not believe.

  • He said if He asked the Sanhedrin the same question, they would not answer.

  • However, Jesus did tell them that from that moment on, He would be seated at the right hand of God!

  • This means that Jesus would rise from the dead and go to heaven where the Father God was not many days after this trial.

  • So, the Sanhedrin asked Him, are you the Son of God?

  • Jesus confessed that He was the Son of God!

  • This stirred up the anger of the Sanhedrin.

  • So, they wanted Jesus put to death.

  • However, they had to ask the Romans for the death penalty, because the Romans were in charge of the land and the Jewish people could not legally put anyone to death without their permission.

(XLI) JESUS IS TAKEN BEFORE PILATE

  • So in the next Bible scene, Jesus is taken to the Roman governor (Luke 23:1-25).

  • His name was Pilate.

  • Jesus’ enemies told Pilate many lies in order to convince the governor to have Jesus killed.

  • They told the following lies about Jesus to make Him look like He was a leader of a rebellion against the Roman government:

    • Jesus told the Jewish people to stop paying takes to the Roman government.

    • He claimed to be a king (Luke 23:1-2).

  • All of these lies were told so that the Roman governor would think that Jesus was an enemy to the country and a law breaker worthy of death.

  • After hearing all the charges against Him, Pilate asked Jesus if He was the king of the Jewish people?

  • Yes, Jesus replied that He was the King of Jewish people  (Luke 23:3).

  • However, He said that His kingdom was not in this world (John 18:36).

  • This  means that Jesus did not have some type of army that would come and challenge the Roman government.

  • Instead, Jesus’ kingdom would not be on earth until He suffered, died, and rose from the dead.

  • That kingdom today is call the “churches of Christ” (Colossians 1:1-13; Romans 16:16).

  • So, Jesus’ kingdom was and is a spiritual kingdom anyway.

  • His kingdom was not designed to be some type of army to defeat the Romans in battle like the Jewish leadership was trying to make Pilate think!

  • So, Pilate declared Jesus as innocent of the false charges the Jewish leadership was lying about (Luke 23:4).

  • However, the Jewish leadership did not give up.

  • They still wanted Jesus killed; so, they kept saying that He is a disturbance to the Jewish people by His teachings, that His teachings started in Galilee, and already made it’s way all the way to Jerusalem.

  • When Pilate heard that Jesus came from Galilee, he sent the Lord to Herod who was the ruler over the land of Galilee.

  • Herod was available to hear Jesus’ case, because he was in Jerusalem at the time (Luke 23::5-7)!

(XLII) JESUS IS TAKEN BEFORE HEROD

  • As you know, after Pilate questioned Jesus, he sent the Lord to Herod to be heard by him (Luke 23:6-12).

  • Herod was the ruler of Galilee.

  • Galilee was where Jesus grew up.

  • Herod was in Jerusalem; so, he started to hear Jesus’ case.

  • Herod was actually excited to see the Lord.

  • He had heard about the things the Lord had done in the past and wanted Him to come and perform a sign, which means some kind of miracle proving that God had sent Him to the Jewish people.

  • He asked Jesus many questions, but the Lord would not answer any of them.

  • The Jewish leadership was there to give all of the false charges against Jesus to Herod.

  • Jesus would not defend Himself.

  • So, Herod and the soldiers started making fun of Him.

  • In order to make fun of Jesus being the King of the Jews, they put a fancy robe on Him and sent Him back to Pilate.

(XLIII) JESUS IS TAKEN BEFORE PILATE AGAIN

  • After Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate, Pilate addressed the Jewish leadership (Luke 23:13-25).

  • He told the Jewish leadership that he did not come to the conclusion that Jesus was leading some type of rebellion against the Roman government.

  • He told them that Jesus was questioned in front of them and he found the Lord innocent on all charges.

  • He also told them that Herod found him innocent as well.

  • To please the Jewish leadership, Pilate said that he would have Jesus whipped and then let the Lord go free (Luke 23:16-17).

  • However, this was not enough to satisfy the Jewish leadership and their supporters.

  • So they started to act like a bully and tried to force Pilate into giving Jesus the death penalty even through He was innocent.

  • They kept screaming that Jesus should be put to death by crucifixion, which means to be nailed to a cross until He died a horrible, painful death!

  • Pilate tried to talk some sense into the angry crowd again, but it did not work.

  • They kept demanding that Jesus be crucified.

  • They said to release a man named Barabbas instead  of Jesus.

  • Now, Barabbas was truly a man leading a rebellion against the Romans government and a murderer.

  • So, Pilate allowed the crowd to bully him into releasing Barabbas and having Jesus taken away to be crucified!

(XLIV) JESUS IS CRUCIFIED

  • As they led Jesus to Calvary, they made Simon of Cyrene carry His cross (Luke 23:26-43).

  • They also made two thieves go to Mount Calvary to be crucified as well.

  • They took Jesus and put nails in his hands and feet in order to put Him on the cross of Calvary.

  • They also crucified the two criminals on both sides of Him!

  • Jesus still loved His enemies just like we are to do, because He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:4).

  • The soldiers wanted His clothes; so, they gambled for them.

  • This shows us that gambling is wrong, because the only time God mentions gambling is when evil people were doing it!

  • The Jewish leaders made fun of the Lord while He laid on the cross by saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One” (Luke 23:35).

  • The soldiers even made fun of the Lord while He was on the cross.

  • They offered Him wine and vinegar, but He refused them.

  • These were painkillers.

  • Jesus took all the pain that the crucifixion had to offer.

  • The soldiers made fun of Him by saying, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself” (Luke 23:37).

  • The soldiers even put a sign above Jesus’ head that said, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Luke 23:38).

  • Even one of the two thieves said as an insult to the Lord, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us” (Luke 23:39).

  • However, the other thief said, “40 Don’t you fear God…Since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:40-41).

  • After the good thief corrected the other one, he turned to Jesus and asked that the Lord remember Him when He comes into His kingdom.

  • Jesus was impressed with the good thief’s faith and told him that he would be with Jesus in paradise (Luke 23:42-43)!

  • This means that the good thief would die, but be in the comforts of the soul with Jesus after they died on their crosses!

  • Some miraculous things began to happen when Jesus was dying on the cross (Luke 23:44-49; Matthew 27:45-56).

  • The Bible says that the sky was dark from noon to about 3 pm, because the sun stopped shining.

  • Then, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” and He died (Luke 23:46).

  • This meant that right before He died, He surrendered His life into God the Father’s hands!

  • At that moment, the curtain of the Temple where the Holiest of Holies room was located ripped in two.

  • This was the room that contained the Ark of the Covenant.

  • The Ark of the Covenant was the gold covered box that contained the bowl of manna, Aaron’s rod, and the Ten Commandments.

  • It was also the place that the high priest would come to sprinkle blood on the Ark for the sins of the people.

  • It was the place of God’s presence in the Temple (Hebrews 9:4; Leviticus 16).

  • Also, when Jesus died, there was an earthquake and rocks were splitting open!

  • Even more, some of the dead people in the town got out of their graves!

  • The miracles that happened while Jesus was dying impressed a nearby Roman soldier so much that he said, “Surely this was a righteous man” (Luke 23:47).

  • He also called Jesus the “Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). 

(XLV) WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?

  • Why did Jesus have to die?

  • Well, Jesus had to die, because we all have sinned (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

  • This means that we have all done something wrong that would keep us from going to heaven!

  • God the Father and Jesus Christ did not like the fact that their creation, which is you and me, had no chance of going to heaven because of our sins (2 Peter 3:9).

  • So they came up with a plan that would save us instead of sending us to eternal punishment (Isaiah 53; John 3:16).

  • So instead of punishing Christians, God sent Jesus to be punished for us instead of punishing us directly for our sins.

  • Jesus volunteered to be the sacrifice that would pay for our sins (Hebrews 10:4-6)!

  • So when we become Christians, God the Father accepts Jesus’ death on the cross as a substitute for the eternal punishment we have all earned by our sinful behavior (John 1:29).

  • A good example would be if you and your best friend were left alone in a room and your parents told you not to throw a football in the house because you might break something.

  • Unfortunately, you did not listen and threw a football anyway.

  • The football sails in the air, crashes right into a lamp, and breaks it.

  • Your friend refused to play this game with you; so, you were the one at fault and in trouble when your parents returned home.

  • They did return home and were angry with you for disobeying them.

  • Right when they were about to punish you, your friend steps in and takes the punishment for you instead because he did not want to see you suffer even though you were the guilty one!

  • This is what Jesus did on the cross.

  • God the Father punished Him for the things we did so that we can go to heaven.

(XLVI) JESUS' BURIAL

  • After Jesus died, his body was placed in a tomb where a boulder covered the entranced so that no one can get in (Luke 23:50-56; Matthew 27:57-66).  

  • His body was also placed under the guard of a soldier by the Jewish leadership so that no one could steal the body and claim that he rose from the dead.

  • The Bible says that a good man, who was a part of the Jewish leadership called the “Sanhedrin,” did not go along with the decision of the others to put Jesus to death.

  • The Bible says that he begged to take the body of Jesus from Pilate.

  • Pilate gave him the body and he wrapped it in cloth.

  • He then took the body and placed it in a tomb cut into the side of a hill that had never been used before.

  • Some of Jesus’ female followers watched everything Joseph did.

  • So, they went home and prepared spices and perfumes so they could honor the body with them later on

​(XLVII) JESUS IS RISEN

  • Although Jesus died, He rose from the dead on the first day of the week, which is Sunday (Luke 24:1-12).

  • A few of Jesus’ female followers came to the tomb with the spices to honor the body.

  • When they arrived, the huge stone that was placed in front of the entrance of the tomb had been rolled away!

  • The body of Jesus was missing!

  • Two angels were there and asked them why they were seeking the living among the dead.

  • They told the ladies that Jesus had risen from the dead!

  • They reminded the ladies that Jesus told them this would happen before He died.

  • He told that He would be delivered over to sinful men, crucified, and raise from the dead on the third day.

  • The ladies left the tomb and told  the 11 apostles that the Lord had risen, but they did not believe her.

  • Unfortunately, there was originally 12 apostles, but one was dead, because he hung himself.

  • His name was Judas Iscariot.

  • Judas sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver before He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.

  • He felt so bad for being a traitor that he killed himself (Matthew 26:14-16; 27:1-10).

  • Thus, there were only 11 apostles left after Jesus rose from the dead.

  • The women who reported that Jesus rose from the dead was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women who the Lord did not name.

  • However, Peter got up and ran to the tomb to see for himself!

  • He also did not see Jesus’ body in the tomb and could not figure out what happened!

  • Why was it important for Jesus to rise from the dead?

  • There are 2 reasons it was important for Jesus to rise from the dead.

  • The first reason is that the resurrection of Jesus was the sign of Him being the Son of God (Psalm 16:8-11 Acts 2:14-40).

  • Long before Jesus was ever born, God the Father wrote in the Old Testament of the Bible that His Son would rise from the dead.

  • If Jesus never rose from the dead, then He would not have been the Son of God.

  • Of course, He did rise from the grave and this is why the female followers of Jesus and Peter could not find Him at the tomb!

  • The second reason that it was important for Jesus to rise from the dead is that He promised to come back to earth a second time to take all faithful Christians to heaven (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).

  • So if Jesus would have remained dead, He would not have had any power to come back and take His church to heaven when He comes back for His Second Coming to earth

(XLVIII) JESUS APPEARS TO HIS APOSTLES AFTER RISING FROM THE DEAD

  • ​Later on in Bible history the resurrected Jesus showed Himself alive to His apostles (Luke 24:36-49).

  • He said “Peace be with you” as a greeting to them when they were together (Luke 24:36).

  • At first, they were afraid, because they thought they saw a ghost!

  • Jesus made sure they knew He was no ghost, because He told them to look at His hands and feet (Luke 24:37).

  • They had been scarred by the nails; so, no ghost would have this type of scarring!

  • He told them to touch and see that He was made of flesh and blood and this would make Him no ghost, because a ghost would not have flesh and blood!

  • He showed the apostles his hands and his feet, but they still did not believe it was the risen Jesus!

  • So, Jesus asked for something to eat.

  • They gave him a piece of fish and he ate it in front of them!

  • This also was proof that he was not a ghost, because a ghost would not have to eat!

  • Jesus then reminded them that the Bible told them He would suffer, die, and rise again on the third day!

  • He also told them that men would be sent out to preach that the people must repent (i.e. change to living righteously) and gain the forgiveness of their sins in His name.

  • In other words, those who will believe in anD obey Jesus would have their sins forgiven of them so they are able to go to heaven!

  • The men who would be doing the preaching would be the apostles, themselves!

  • He also promised to send them the Holy Ghost who would be their Helper in this life.

  • The Holy Ghost helped them know the Word of God without error, preach the Word of God in languages they had never studied before, and even work many miracles so that the audience knew that God sent them to teach the people about Jesus (John 14:16-26; Mark 16:14-20; Acts 2-5).

  • He told them to stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit would be given to them so they would have the power to do all of these things.

  • The Holy Ghost was given to them for this work after Jesus rose from the dead and returned to heaven (Acts 2).

(XLIX) JESUS ASCENDS INTO HEAVEN

  • Jesus ascends into heaven (Luke 24:50-53).

  • Jesus took them to a place near the town of Bethany.

  • From there, He was taken up into heaven.

  • The apostles returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

  • They remained continually at the Temple praising God.

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