The Ascension of Jesus Christ

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The Ascension of Jesus Christ

The Ascension of Jesus ChristAfter His Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples for forty days.  He continued to tell them about the Heavenly Kingdom.  Then He gathered the eleven apostles and commanded them to preach the Gospel to the world.  He said that all who believe in Him and are baptized would be saved.

And these signs will accompany those who believe:  in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink  any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick; and they will recover. (Mark 16:17-18)

Jesus blessed His disciples and ascended into heaven.  Jesus returned to the glory of His Father.  

So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. (16:19)

The disciples went out into the world to preach the Gospel, and Jesus was with them.  And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. (16:20)