Bible Stories for Adults
Jesus Ascends into Heaven
Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11
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Next Week - Jesus Will Come Again (Matthew 25:31-46)
Bible Words to Remember:
Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:7, 13
Jesus' Appearances on Easter Sunday (Mark 16:9-14)
Who did Jesus first appear to after He rose?
Who saw Jesus next?
Who was next?
Who did He appear to next (still on Easter Sunday) that helped get rid of the apostles' doubt?
What appearance did Jesus make next to satisfy another doubter?
Jesus' Appearances Over the Next Few Weeks (1 Corinthians 15:5-7)
Where were the apostles to go next to meet up with Jesus?
Did the apostles recognize Jesus when He appeared to them there?
John 21:1, 3-8, 13-14
What important thing did Jesus do at this time?
Did Jesus appear to the apostles any other times while they were in Galilee?
Was anyone else with the apostles on this mountain?
1 Corinthians 15:6
What other appearances did Jesus make?
1 Corinthians 15:7
When did the resurrected Jesus ever appear to Paul?
Why did Jesus make this special appearance to Saul?
Acts 22:12, 14-15, 21
How long did Jesus remain on earth before ascending?
Appearances on Record (John 20:30-31)
Are these all of the appearances Jesus made?
Why do we have the stories about Jesus we have and not any others?
John 20:31; 21:25
Why did Matthew, Mark and Luke write their gospels?
What scope did they try to cover to accomplish this goal?
Prophesy Fulfilled (Luke 24:44-49)
What reason other than giving proof of His resurrection did Jesus appear to people?
How did the previous few weeks help show this fulfillment?
How would the coming weeks and years also show this fulfillment?
When would this begin?
Wait For the Spirit (Acts 1:4-8)
Were the apostles to immediately begin witnessing on their own?
How long would they have to wait and how would they know it was time?
After the risen Jesus opened their minds to the Scripture, did the apostles finally understand?
How did Jesus reply to such an ignorant and mindless question?
Would they ever understand the answer to this and their many other "dumb" questions?
The Counselor (John 14, 16)
How would they understand these things just by the coming of the Spirit?
Why couldn't the Spirit explain these things to the apostles while Jesus was with them?
Would the Spirit lead the whole world to understanding?
Final Instructions (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16)
What important statement does Jesus make before giving final instructions to the apostles?
What final instructions did He then give to the leaders of His body, the Church?
How was this calling to go and make disciples different than the apostles' calling to date?
Matthew 10:1, 5-6
What are the limits of the people to whom the Church is to tell about Jesus' good news?
How was this calling to baptize different than the baptism that had been given before?
Would John have agreed with this understanding?
What is so important about baptizing those who believe the good news of Jesus?
What did Jesus tell His apostles to do with people who became disciples and were baptized?
Power to Fulfill the Command (Matthew 28:20, Mark 16:17-18)
How would the apostles be able to accept this great responsibility to evangelize the world?
How strong are the powers that Jesus gives us to accomplish this task?
Jesus Ascends (Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9)
What did Jesus do after giving these final instructions?
How did He leave them?
Had anything like this ever happened before?
2 Kings 2:11
What was the significance of Jesus disappearing in a cloud?
How else was Jesus' ascension different than Elijah's?
1 Timothy 3:16
What kind of glory is this?
At The Right Hand (Mark 16:19)
Where did Jesus go when He ascended into heaven?
What is important about this?
Why is it important that Jesus be exalted and given the name above all names?
What does Jesus promise to do on His throne in heaven?
Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46
He'll Be Back (Acts 1:10-11)
What happened as the apostles watched Jesus ascend into heaven?
What message did the messengers have?
Evangelists in Waiting
Where had all of this taken place?
What did the apostles do when they returned to Jerusalem?
Acts 1:13a, 14
With Jesus gone, did they stay behind locked doors in fear?
Did they fulfill their command to go and did Jesus keep His promise to be with them?
Copyright © 1997 by Kurt Rosenhagen
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