Sunday, 17th April, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight" (Acts 1:19 KJV)
Jesus was crucified and buried. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead, showed Him alive openly. But something remarkable about Jesus after that resurrection from death, which was a mind-blowing experience for all those who witnessed it, was His ascension to heaven.
While He was talking to His disciples on that occasion, suddenly, He levitated and ascended into the clouds before their eyes and went right into heaven. This was extraordinary.
Enoch was taken alive by God (Genesis 5:24), and Elijah was taken alive with the chariot of fire by God (2 Kings 2:11). Jesus ascended! This was how He left this world. No one ever disputed it, because there were too many witnesses.
While the disciples were standing there, looking into heaven at this wonder, two angels came to them and said, “…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). He is coming again. Blessed be God!
"Dear heavenly Father, thank you for such an extraordinary event that showed Jesus alive and the Lord over all to the world. Now, I’m seated with Christ in heavenly places far above all principalities and powers; troubles and distractions of this world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Acts 1:9; Ephesians 2:5-6
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 16; 1 Samuel 1-2
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Romans 11:25-36; Psalm 119:129-144