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Jesus ascends to heaven

Acts 1:1-26
Jesus ascends to heaven from the Mount of Olives.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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After rising from the dead, Jesus met with his disciples and followers, giving convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God. – Slide 1
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Once, while eating with them, Jesus commanded, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which I have spoken about. John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ – Slide 2
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One day when Jesus was with them on the Mount of Olives he told them, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to rest of the world.’ – Slide 3
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After Jesus said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. – Slide 4
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As the disciples gazed upwards, suddenly, two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky?’ they asked. ‘This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’ – Slide 5
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Jesus’ followers returned to Jerusalem and met regularly for prayer. – Slide 6
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Peter stood up in the group of around 120 believers, to talk about a replacement for Judas who had betrayed Jesus. The prophecies about this incident in Psalm 69:25 and Psalm 109:8 stated ‘May another take his place of leadership.’ – Slide 7
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Judas had used the 30 pieces of silver he had been given to buy a field. He had fallen in this field and died. (Matthew’s gospel says he hung himself). The field was now known as the ‘Field of Blood.’ – Slide 8
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Peter said the replacement must be chosen from those who had been with Jesus from the time He was baptised by John to His resurrection. The new apostle would be a witness to the fact Jesus was alive. Two men Joseph, called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias were nominated. – Slide 9
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They prayed, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over from Judas.’ Then they cast lots. – Slide 10
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The lot singled out Matthias. He joined the 11 apostles, making a total of 12. – Slide 11
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