Ready | Devotion #4: When?
James Mann | Children’s Director
When did the ascension of Jesus Christ take place? There is a short answer to this and a long answer. First, is the short one. Acts 1:3 tells us, “He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” Jesus waited a total of forty days until He ascended back to Heaven. Many people will ask, “Why did He wait forty days to go to Heaven? Why not go back right away?” Jesus was crucified in front of many people. What is a better way to prove to people that Jesus is who He said He was than to go to people after He conquered death, Hell, and the grave? You might ask, “Why not go see just a couple people and let them tell everyone He had risen?” How many people did it take to tell you about Jesus before you finally believed? How many times have you questioned Jesus or God, because you have not been able to see Him with your own eyes? Jesus gave “many proofs,” and they were convincing proofs. They were life-changing proofs.
Everyone Jesus encountered, will never again question whether or not Jesus is the Son of God. You would think that after 33 years of being on the Earth, performing miracles, people would have no doubt that Jesus is the Messiah, but it was not so. This is Jesus’ final way of showing in the flesh that He is the one God had sent. Jesus went around telling those He came into contact with about how things will be for the near and far future. Acts 1:4-5 says, “And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Jesus could have stayed in Heaven and enjoyed eternity, with no problem at all, but He chose to bless us by coming back down and spending forty days proving to people who He was one last time. After His forty days back on Earth, He took His disciples with Him so they could witness Him ascend back into Heaven.