What is the Message of Jesus Ascension to Heaven? (Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23)

Francis Blight, 24th May 2020
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service

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Bible Quote 1:1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
1:2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
1:3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
1:5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

1:6 So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
1:7 He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
1:9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
1:10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

1:11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
Bible Quote 1:15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

1:16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
1:19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
1:20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

1:21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
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