149 The disciples watch Jesus ascend into the clouds.

Matthew 28:16–20; Mark 16:15–20; Luke 24:44–53; John 21:24–25; Acts 1:3–12; 1 Corinthians 15:6

For the forty days after the resurrection, where was Jesus and what was he doing (Acts 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:6)?

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What kinds of doubts might the disciples have had about Jesus (Matthew 28:16‑17)?

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What did Jesus tell the disciples they should do (Matthew 28:18‑20; Acts 1:4‑5)?

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How effective did Jesus say the disciples’ ministry would be (Mark 16:15‑18)?

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What was most important in spreading the message of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:44‑49)?

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What did the apostles think the new Kingdom would be and when it would be established (Acts 1:6‑8)?

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What might the disciples have been thinking when they saw Jesus ascend into the clouds (Luke 24:50)?

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How did the angels redirect Jesus’ disciples’ thoughts (Acts 1:10‑12)?

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How did Jesus’ absence the day after the resurrection compare to the day after his burial (Luke 24:53)?

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What is the value of an eyewitness story (John 21:24)?

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How many stories about Jesus can be told (John 21:25)?

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Why should we tell what Jesus has done in our lives (John 20:30‑31)?

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After his death, Jesus showed himself alive by many undeniable proofs. For forty days, he appeared to the apostles and talked about the Kingdom of God. He was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time.

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Acts 1:3 After his death, Jesus showed himself alive by many undeniable proofs. For forty days, he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 15:6 During the days that followed, more than five hundred people saw him at one time. Most of them are still living and can verify that Jesus died and was raised from the dead, but some have died.
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Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
1 Corinthians 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

The eleven disciples went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some had doubts.

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Matthew 28:16–17 The eleven disciples went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some had doubts.
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Matthew 28:16–17 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

Jesus said to them, “I have been given all authority in Heaven and on Earth. Therefore, go to all nations and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey all that I have commanded you. Remember, I will always be with you, even until the end of the world.”

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Matthew 28:18–20 Jesus said to them, “I have been given all authority in Heaven and on Earth. Therefore, go to all nations and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey all that I have commanded you. Remember, I will always be with you, even until the end of the world.”
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Matthew 28:18–20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

When they came together, he said to them, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise from my Father that I told you about. John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days.”

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Acts 1:4–5 When they came together, he said to them, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise from my Father that I told you about. John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
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Acts 1:4–5 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

“Go into all the world,” Jesus said, “and proclaim the good news to everyone. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved, but those who do not believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will follow those who believe: Under my direction and authority, they will cast out evil spirits, and they will speak in new languages. If they pick up serpents or drink something poisonous, they will not be harmed. They will place their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

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Mark 16:15–18 Jesus told them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to everyone. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved, but those who do not believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will follow those who believe: Under my direction and authority, they will cast out evil spirits, and they will speak in new languages. If they pick up serpents or drink something poisonous, they will not be harmed. They will place their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
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Mark 16:15–18 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

“When I was with you, I told you that everything written in the Law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms concerning me must be fulfilled.” He opened their minds to understand the scriptures and said, “It is written that the Messiah must suffer and will rise from the dead on the third day. Beginning in Jerusalem, repentance and forgiveness of sins must be preached among all nations. You have been eyewitnesses of these things. As my Father promised, I will send the Holy Spirit upon you. Wait in Jerusalem until you are equipped with power from Heaven.”

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Luke 24:44–49 “When I was with you,” Jesus said, “I told you that everything written in the Law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms concerning me must be fulfilled.” He opened their minds to understand the scriptures and said, “It is written that the Messiah must suffer and will rise from the dead on the third day. Beginning in Jerusalem, repentance and forgiveness of sins must be preached among all nations. You have been eyewitnesses of these things. As my Father promised, I will send the Holy Spirit upon you. Wait in Jerusalem until you are equipped with power from Heaven.”
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Luke 24:44–49 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

“Sir, will you now restore the Kingdom to Israel?”

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Acts 1:6 On the last day when the apostles were with Jesus, they asked, “Sir, will you now restore the Kingdom to Israel?”
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Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Jesus said, “You are not allowed to know the timing of events that are under my Father’s authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the most distant places on earth.”

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Acts 1:7–8 Jesus said, “You are not allowed to know the timing of events that are under my Father’s authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the most distant places on earth.”
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Acts 1:7–8 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

After Jesus had finished speaking, he lifted his hands and blessed them. While blessing them, he was lifted up, disappeared into the clouds, and entered Heaven, where he sat at the right hand of God.

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Mark 16:19 After Jesus had finished speaking, he was taken up into Heaven, where he sat at the right hand of God.
Luke 24:50–51 After leading them to a place near Bethany, Jesus lifted his hands and blessed them. While he blessed them, he was lifted up into Heaven.
Acts 1:9 After saying this, he was lifted up and disappeared into the clouds.
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Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Luke 24:50–51 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

While they worshiped him and gazed at the sky, two men appeared, dressed in white. “Men of Galilee,” the men said, “why do you stare at the sky? This same Jesus who is taken into Heaven will return in the same way you saw him leave.”

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Acts 1:10–11 While they gazed at the sky, two men appeared, dressed in white. “Men of Galilee,” the men said, “why do you stare at the sky? This same Jesus who is taken into Heaven will return in the same way you saw him leave.”
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Acts 1:10–11 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also 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.

The apostles left the Mount of Olives and rejoiced as they returned to Jerusalem, about half a mile away.

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Luke 24:52 They worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem, rejoicing.
Acts 1:12 They left the Mount of Olives and returned to Jerusalem, about half a mile away.
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Luke 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
Acts 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

The disciples were continually in the Temple, praying and praising God. They preached the good news everywhere. God was with them and confirmed their message with miraculous signs.

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Mark 16:20 The disciples preached the good news everywhere. God was with them and confirmed their message with miraculous signs.
Luke 24:53 They were continually in the Temple, praying and praising God.
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Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Luke 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

When a disciple is the eyewitness who recorded the events, we know his testimony is true. If all that Jesus did were told, the whole world could not contain all the books that should be written.

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John 21:24–25 This disciple is the eyewitness who recorded the events, so we know his testimony is true. If all that Jesus did were told, the whole world could not contain all the books that should be written.
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John 21:24–25 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

The disciples saw Jesus do many other miracles that have not been recorded, but these are written so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. By believing, you will have life through his name.

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John 20:30–31 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miracles that have not been recorded, but these are written so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. By believing, you will have life through his name.
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John 20:30–31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.