Jesus rose up to heaven and is ruling with God the Father.

After dying on the cross for sin and coming back to life three days later, Jesus spent 40 days teaching His followers and showing them He was really alive.

After 40 days, Jesus took His followers to a mountain. Then something amazing happened to Jesus as they were standing on the mountain: "After Jesus said this, he was taken up to heaven. They watched until a cloud hid him from their sight. While he was going up, they kept on looking at the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But he will come back in the same way you saw him go'" (Acts 1:9–11).

So why did Jesus go to heaven and not stay on earth? Just before He died, Jesus said that He was going back to heaven to prepare a place for His followers to live forever with Him (John 14:2–3).

On a day that only God the Father knows, Jesus will return and take His followers to live with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:14–17). Until that time, Jesus wants His followers growing to be more like Him, obeying His Word, and sharing His truth with all people.

Does that sound hard? Yes, but Jesus promised to send believers a Helper—the Holy Spirit (Remember the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Read more about it here). The Holy Spirit helps Christians know and obey the truth and gives them power to share about Jesus throughout the whole world (Acts 1:8).

Bible Truth

"When the Lord Jesus finished speaking to them, he was taken up into heaven. He sat down at the right hand of God" (Mark 16:19).

"The Son is the gleaming brightness of God's glory. He is the exact likeness of God's being. He uses his powerful word to hold all things together. He provided the way for people to be made pure from sin. Then he sat down at the right hand of the King, the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:3).



Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader's Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com







 
 
 
 
 
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