Resurrection and Ascension

Acts 1:10-11 – The Bible (KJV) – And while they looked steadfastly 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.
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Three days after the crucifixion of Jesus, his disciples visit His tomb:

John 20 – The Bible (KJV) –  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary.

She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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.

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About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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12 Responses to Resurrection and Ascension

  1. I have come to believe that the resurrection is not solely an event exclusive to Jesus. It is available to us as well. All we have to do is accept the invitation. I have come to believe the Second Coming may not be an event either. It happens every time someone opens his/her heart to receive Jesus. Jesus comes again, and again and again.

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    • Blessings to you, Carl. Believers in Jesus will be resurrected, so your are correct in that. The Second Coming, however, is an event. Believers will be there, alive and well. Until then He is with us and will never forsake us. It’s a win/win life in Christ. Have a wonderful weekend…

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  2. planejaner says:

    I ditto what Carl said, and add that Easter is my most favorite celebration, each year.

    What a tremendous gift and blessing–undeserved though it is, and undeserving as we are–to be able to claim Jesus Christ as our Savior.

    blessings, Carol Ann.
    jane

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    • Easter is a wonderful day of celebration. It’s a happy day. The resurrection day of Jesus. He rose from the grave forever providing victory over death for us. I love that song… because He lives, we can face tomorrow… Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Blessings to you, Jane…

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  3. pattisj says:

    I’m glad to see you posted this timely message. We have much to celebrate.

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    • Thank you, Patti. I appreciate your visit and your comment. Yes, we do have much to celebrate. Our LORD’s victory over our last enemy – death. I love the joyful accounts of Mary and the others as they each find that Jesus rose from the grave. Blessings to you…

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  4. Hi Carol, my favorite part about this scripture is the fact that the first person Jesus appeared to after his death was Mary Magdalene. Not his mother or family, not his apostles, but a woman he healed from seven spirits. What an honor it was for Mary to have her Savior and friend appear to her even before he ascended to the Father!

    The compassion and love of Christ just blows me away! It certainly is beyond my understanding.

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    • Hi Marianne. I, too, am touched by His first personal appearance being to Mary. If her showing up first at the tomb and her tears at not finding His body mean anything, it could be that He interrupted His task at the moment to meet her great need and her overwhelming sorrow. What joy she must have experienced to know that Jesus was alive again.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. The compassion and love of Christ blows me away, too. Blessings to you…

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  5. trisha says:

    a divine miracle which blessed human souls forever.

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  6. eof737 says:

    This is one of my favorite biblical stories for it speak to the miracle of life; the one we live after birth and the one we inherit after death…. Beautiful! 🙂
    Eliz

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth. Ah, Mirth and Motivation. Welcome! Thank you for your comment. Yes, His resurrection is precious. Our eternity hinges on it. Our God is awesome! Blessings to you on this celebration day of life…

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