SERMON NOTE: The Ascension Of CHRIST

By Rev Raymond Ho

Acts 1:1-11 NIV

“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them 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. 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. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 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.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “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.””

http://bible.us/111/act.1.1-11.niv

V1-3 The proofs of the Resurrected CHRIST

 The Gospel to Affirm 

There is one and only Gospel

The Gospel of JESUS CHRIST 

All who trust in CHRIST will be saved

The fact is that you know the Gospel, even briefly, you can tell others 

1 Corinthians 15:5-8

and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”

http://bible.us/111/1co.15.5-8.niv

V15:4-5 The Power To Witness For CHRIST 

Mark 1:4-8 NIV

“And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.””

http://bible.us/111/mrk.1.4-8.niv

V1:6 They gathered an

·  They were looking for political kingdom 

·  They were looking for ethically restricted kingdom

·  They were looking for geographical restricted kingdom 

V1:7..it's not for us to know the time   Or dates when, the FATHER has set by His own timing 

V1:8

... JESUS wanted us to be HIS witness 

A Witness about CHRIST, telling the story of JESUS to those who had never heard of HIM and demonstrating and telling of what CHRIST had done in your life

V9-11 The promise of Reunion with CHRIST 

We must be concerned of the present

Disciples, don't spend your days waiting for the kingdom to be restored!

Work as you work for the LORD

Speak, act and plan with CHRIST in mind

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

http://bible.us/111/heb.13.8.niv

So

·  Watch 

·  Work

·  Witness