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May 9 – Jesus Ascended to Heaven

Acts 1:3-11

We’re glad your child joined us this week in The Gospel Project®for Kids. This week’s Bible story comes from Acts 1:311 and centers on Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus showed His followers that He is alive. (Matt. 28:910; Mark 16:14; Luke 24:3643; John 20:1617,1920,2627; 21:14) Jesus taught them about Himself and about God’s kingdom. (Luke 24:2527,4448) Jesus told them that He would soon return to the Father. (John 20:17)

Jesus directed the Eleven to go a mountain. When they arrived, Jesus appeared. Some of them worshiped Jesus, but some of them doubted. (Matt. 28:17) Some of them wondered if Jesus was going to overthrow the Roman government and set up His kingdom on earth. “Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” they asked. (Acts 1:6)

Jesus said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:78). Jesus also told them to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Father’s promisethe Holy Spirit. Those who repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5) The Holy Spirit would give them power to live holy lives and take the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

After Jesus told the disciples these things, Jesus was taken up into the skyright in front of their eyes! (Acts 1:9) Suddenly two men stoodon the mountain next to the disciples. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven?” they asked. They said Jesus would return the same way. (Acts 1:11) Until Jesus returns, His followers need to work faithfully.

Jesus is alive in heaven, waiting to return for His people. Jesus told the disciples He was going to prepare a place for them, and when we die, we will be with the Lord in heaven. (John 14:13) In the meantime, Jesus has not left us alone. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us do God’s work. One day Jesus will return to make all things new and to rule as Lord over all.

Don’t forget to use the Family Journal Page activity below to reinforce Bible learning: Ask your family members to tell about a time when they felt lonely. Read Acts 1:311. Jesus’ disciples were probably sad that Jesus would not be with them any longer, but Jesus told them that He’d send Someone who would be with them forever. Jesus didn’t leave us alone. When we love and trust Him, the Holy Spirit comes to be with us and help us do God’s work. We don’t have to be lonely when we remember that God’s Spirit is always with us.

Christ Connection

Jesus left earth and returned to heaven, but He did not leave us alone. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us do God’s work. One day Jesus will return to make all things new and to rule as Lord over all.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some things that Jesus did with His disciples after He was raised from the dead? (He ate meals with them and gave them instructions, Acts 1:2-3)
  • What did Jesus promise to send to His disciples when He left them to go to heaven? (the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:4-5)
  • How does the Holy Spirit help believers? The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work.
  • What did the disciples ask Jesus before He left? (Are you giving the kingdom back to Israel now? Acts 1:6)
  • Who showed up after Jesus left to talk to the disciples? (two men wearing white clothes, angels; Acts 1:10)
  • What did the men say to the disciples? (Why are you standing here looking up? Jesus will come again in the same way He left! Acts 1:11)

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